SOUTH BEND -- Jeffery Chester, a South Bend police officer found not guilty last month of fondling two women, has resigned from the department.
The South Bend Board of Public Safety voted unanimously at its monthly meeting Wednesday to accept Chester's resignation.
The board also approved a measure that would reimburse Chester for the time he was on unpaid suspension, from Nov. 1 to June 1.
Chester was reinstated by the board on June 1 shortly after being found not guilty.
Chester was charged with two counts of felony official misconduct and two counts of misdemeanor battery related to the separate incidents that were reported in September.
He was accused of inappropriately touching a woman during a pat-down search at Potawatomi Park on Sept. 1 and inappropriately touching another woman whom he pulled over at Wayne and South St. Louis streets on Sept. 30 -- both while on duty.
Police officials said after Chester was found not guilty that he could face several department violations related to the incidents, including for allegedly turning his squad car's dash cam off during both cases. It is unclear if that investigation ultimately led to his resignation.
Chester, 26, had been a South Bend officer since March 2010.
Interim Police Chief Chuck Hurley could not be reached for comment.
Staff writer Tom Moor: