Ex-school cop charged with child sexual abuse

NEWPORT, Wash. (AP) — A former police officer who most recently worked as the school resource officer northeast of Spokane in Newport is charged with sexually abusing a child. KXLY-TV reports the Newport Police Department said Raul Lopez is charged with lewd conduct with a child younger than 16 and two counts of sexual abuse of a child younger than 16. The police department said it was notified about the allegations on Jan. 18 by the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office in Idaho, where Lopez lives. Investigators say the alleged crimes happened there. Newport Police said Lopez was put on administrative leave and that he resigned Friday. It wasn’t immediately known if Lopez has a lawyer to comment.