A former Lincoln police officer found to have engaged in an "inappropriate relationship" is now employed by the Omaha Police Department.

Jared R. Grayson resigned from the Lincoln Police Department in 2016 after three years on the job, and had already started training to become an officer in Omaha.

Grayson was one of three now-former officers who had what Chief Jeff Bliemeister characterized as inappropriate relationships with a woman while serving on the Lincoln force. 

While Bliemeister has not identified Grayson by name, the Journal Star has confirmed his identity using public records and sources close to the situation. 

An Omaha police spokesman said the department "is aware" of the Lincoln inquiry and confirmed that Grayson is employed as a patrol officer for the Omaha department, but declined to comment further on the personnel matter. 

The relationships were uncovered as part of an internal affairs investigation, launched in October after the Nebraska State Patrol notified Bliemeister of a reported sexual assault by longtime patrol officer Greg Cody.

Cody, 55, retired two days later. He has since been charged with first-degree sexual assault of a person mentally or physically incapable of resisting. He has pleaded not guilty. State Patrol investigators allege he coerced a woman into about 50 sexual encounters, about 90 percent of them while he was on duty, beginning in 2016. 

Earlier this week, Bliemeister revealed that two more former officers were found to have acted inappropriately with the woman. Those interactions didn't rise to the level of criminal charges, the chief said.

He declined to provide further details. 

Three additional officers were found to have violated department policy and were disciplined, but remain on the force. An internal affairs investigator said some of those violations related to failing to report complaints about the other officers' misconduct.

Bliemeister said the former officers' relationships "undermined the public’s trust and more importantly fell short of serving a vulnerable member of our community."

Grayson became a Lincoln officer in 2013 and resigned Sept. 20, 2016. The other former officer accused as part of the internal investigation, Joseph Keiser, resigned Oct. 30 while on unpaid investigative suspension. It was unclear Friday whether he has another law enforcement job.

Neither Grayson nor Keiser could be reached for comment Friday.

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Riley Johnson reports on local government in Lincoln.

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