MARION COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer was charged with false informing after police say he lied about having sex with a woman who accused him of raping her.
On Sept. 4, 2013, a woman told officials at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lafayette that she had been raped by 29-year-old IMPD officer Andrew Tyler. The victim said Tyler had raped her at his Indianapolis home on Aug. 31, 2013.
Tyler told Indiana State Police troopers in an interview in Sept. 2013 that he did not have sex with the woman, according to court documents. He said he met her through an online dating website and wasn’t interested in dating her.
According to the affidavit for probable cause, Tyler said “my DNA is not going to be in her rape kit. We did not have sex!”
Following the victim’s rape kit DNA test, which police said positively matched Tyler’s DNA, Tyler admitted to police that he had lied, according to court documents. On July 14, 2014, Tyler told police that the woman had texted him and then came to his home to talk. He invited the woman to spend the night because it was storming. Tyler said he and the woman then slept in his bed and had sex.
On Thursday, Tyler was arrested and formally charged with false informing, a Class A misdemeanor. He bonded out that same day, according to court documents. Tyler was not charged with rape.
According to IMPD officials, Tyler has been placed on administrative leave with no police powers pending an internal investigation.