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VBPD officer returns to work after suspension

A patrol officer with the Van Buren Police Department was put on unpaid suspension after he made contact with a 16-year-old girl on Facebook.

Cpl. John Cao returned to work Tuesday after an internal investigation determined he violated a departmental policy but made no criminal violations, Van Buren Police’s public information officer detective Jonathan Wear confirmed Monday.

Parents of the teenage girl, who was stopped for speeding and not given a ticket, filed a complaint with the police department after it was learned that Cao contacted her on the social media site.

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