Greensboro police officer resigns before hearing

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Officer J.W. Way

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A Greensboro police officer charged with indecent exposure resigned Monday before he was to appear in an internal police hearing, the News & Record reported.

Officer J.W. Way, 41, is accused of exposing himself to a woman on Aug. 27 while on duty, according to Greensboro police. He was scheduled to appear in a Professional Standards hearing on Monday, police spokeswoman Susan Danielsen said.

However, he told the department on Friday that he intended to resign.

The department received his resignation letter before the hearing on Monday, Danielsen said. The News & Record requested a copy of the letter, but the police department said it is not a public record. The department did say the resignation stated that it was effective on Oct. 3.

The department suspended Way without pay after the incident.

Way, who was assigned to the Southern Patrol Division, was at the woman’s workplace in the southern portion of the city after getting a report of a hit-and-run in that area, police said.

It was not clear how Way ended up at the woman’s place of employment, but the two knew each other before the incident, police said.

Officers with the department’s Professional Standards Division began an investigation, gathering enough information for Way to be suspended with pay on Sept. 12, according to police.

Police also conducted a criminal investigation into the woman’s report.

Police arrested Way on a charge of misdemeanor indecent exposure on Oct. 1, and suspended him without pay.

SOURCE: News & Record