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A University of Colorado police sergeant has been placed on administrative leave and is facing a felony charge of stalking a police dispatcher.

Sgt. Michael Dodson, 59, has not yet been arrested, according to court officials, but police have obtained a warrant charging him with one count of stalking, a Class 5 felony.

Dodson, who has been with the CU Police Department since 1996, has been placed on paid leave.

“As chief, I have a duty to ensure the actions of all our employees are within policy and meet the expectations of our values,” CU police Chief Ken Koch said in a statement Wednesday. “When there are allegations of wrongdoing, we need to investigate those fully and be accountable for the findings. I am very concerned about the alleged conduct because it does not reflect the strong reputation of our department nor the character of our employees.”

Calls to Dodson’s attorney were not immediately returned Wednesday.

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