Birmingham police lieutenant accused of rape now in custody

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UPDATE: Morris Police Chief Mike Nazarchyk says Lt. Pete Williston has been taken into custody by Birmingham Police and UAB Police Monday afternoon.

According to Jefferson County Jail records, his bond has been set at $50,000.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A Birmingham Police officer has been placed on administrative leave and a warrant has been issued for rape in the 1st degree following allegations that he sexually abused a teen for several years, according to the Morris Police Department and Birmingham Police Department.

Morris Police Chief Mike Nazarchyk tells CBS 42 on May 31, 2018, a female came to their department and stated a male had sexually abused her from 2008 to 2011 when the victim was 14 years old.

Nazarchyk says the alleged offender was identified as Birmingham Police Public Information Officer Lt. Pete Williston. The police chief says after a thorough investigation, their findings were turned over to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and a warrant for Rape in the 1st was obtained. 

Morris Police say they notified Birmingham PD of the charge and were assured he will be taken into custody. Birmingham Police said in a release Saturday afternoon that they learned of the allegations on Wednesday, June 13 and immediately placed Williston on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Williston has served as Birmingham PIO since February 2018 and has 17 years of experience working with Birmingham Police Department. 

Birmingham Police officials referred questions to the Morris Police Department, the investigating agency. 

Stay with CBS 42 as this story continues to develop.

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