JANESVILLE - A retired Beloit police officer accused of sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl allegedly had repeated contact with the minor - over 100 times - from September of 2017 to this month, according to a Rock County criminal complaint.
Larry J. Woods, 62, appeared in court Tuesday via video link and was charged with one count of repeated sexual assault of a child. Woods served with the Beloit Police Department for 25 years and retired in 2007, and currently receives a department pension.
He was arrested Saturday after the police department was contacted by the mother of the 14-year-old girl, saying she found videos of Woods with the child on a cellphone.
According to the complaint filed against Woods, the pair maintained a sexual relationship starting in September of last year and met repeatedly at either his home in the 1400 block of Grant Street, his SUV parked at various locations or at hotels in the Stateline Area, including in Rockford.
Woods had been working as a security guard for the School District of Beloit and Beloit Public Library. The complaint notes the pair had met up after Woods would lock up the library, according to the complaint.
He has been placed on administrative leave by the library. School district officials said the school board would need to review his employment status.
In an interview with Beloit authorities, the girl told police she had known Woods all her life and estimated the pair had sexual relations "over 100 times" since September of 2017, according to the complaint.
In the complaint she also told police that Woods told her not to inform anyone of the meetings because Woods indicated he knew he would go to jail if they were discovered.
Woods was released on a $100,000 signature bond, which was set at Tuesday's hearing. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim or to possess a weapon.
At a news conference Tuesday morning, Beloit Police Chief David Zibolski indicated the department would reach out to its FBI partners to review possible federal charges due to Woods taking the girl to a hotel across state lines for nefarious purposes, which is a federal offense.
"At this point the investigation is more than an allegation," Zibolski said. "I think we've seen enough corroboration of the information that has been obtained from the victim to lead us to this point."
Woods will appear next before Judge John M. Wood at 1 p.m. on June 27 for an adjourned initial appearance.