SOUTH BEND — A South Bend police officer who has been on the force for 19 months is accused of fondling two different women on separate occasions while on duty.
Jeffery Chester, 26, is facing two counts of felony official misconduct and two counts of misdemeanor battery.
Chester was arrested this morning and booked into the St. Joseph County Jail, according to St. Joseph County police spokesman Sgt. Matt Blank. His bond was set at $1,000. Chester's wife bonded him out of jail a short time later, Blank said.
Chester is accused of fondling a woman’s buttocks with his hand during a pat-down search at Potawatomi Park in the early morning hours of Sept. 1. The woman reported that he also flipped up her dress, exposing her bare skin and breasts, according to court documents. Those documents also say Chester lied to the woman and her male friend, claiming he was investigating a rape that occurred in the area when in fact, there was no rape reported.