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Reserve officer resigned amid newspaper’s investigation

February 14, 2019
In a December 15, 2018 photo, Wayne County Sheriff reserve officer Mark Zarkin with Benny Napoleon during the Shop with a Cop event at Meijer in Detroit, Mich. The Detroit Free Press reports that Zarkin, a leader of the Wayne County sheriff's reserve unit, once served jail time in a sexual assault case and for years had been listed on Michigan's sex offender registry. (Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press via AP)

DETROIT (AP) — A newspaper’s investigation found that a leader of the Wayne County sheriff’s reserve unit once served jail time in a sexual assault case and for years had been listed on Michigan’s sex offender registry.

The Detroit Free Press reports that as a deputy chief of a civilian volunteer force, Mark Zarkin carried a gun and wore a badge and uniform. He resigned Feb. 4 after being interviewed by the newspaper.

Zarkin said he has no other criminal history and the case shouldn’t matter when it comes to his reserve officer post. His attorney noted Zarkin no longer has a criminal record related to the alleged 1996 sexual assault.

Last fall, the newspaper documented how Michigan lags in its regulation of reserve officers . It has continued reporting on the issue.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com