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Lawrence chief wants arrested officer fired

LAWRENCE — Police Chief John Romero has asked Mayor William Lantigua to fire a city officer who is in a Florida jail awaiting trial on a child rape charge.

Romero wrote a letter to Lantigua saying he believes there is sufficient cause to fire Carlos Gonzalez for ‘‘conduct unbecoming a police officer.’’

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The Eagle-Tribune reported Lantigua did not return a message seeking comment on the termination request.

Gonzalez is among three officers Lantigua has left on the city payroll although they are on admin­istrative leave from the department and facing criminal charges.

The state’s inspector general — who investigates fraud, abuse, and waste of taxpayer money — warned Lantigua that the city should not pay police officers who are off the job and indicted on criminal charges.

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