2 South Florida police officers accused of troubling acts

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Two South Florida law enforcement officers are facing separate charges of child molestation and unbecoming conduct.

Coconut Creek officer Daniel Rush bonded out of jail, Friday, after spending a month behind bars. Rush is accused of molesting four young boys, two of which are 12 and 13 years of age.

Rush was arrested in April and originally faced eight charges, with six being punishable by life in prison. These charges prohibited him from being eligible for bond. However, prosecutors reduced his charges to second-degree felonies which entitled him to a bond of $20,000.

A veteran Broward County Sheriff’s Office sergeant is also under investigation. Sergeant Kreg Costa has been suspended with pay since April 25 for conduct unbecoming an employee. “If these allegations are true, this behavior is reprehensible. Our detectives will do everything in their power to fact find and make sure justice is served,” said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

Costa works out of Broward County’s Weston district and has worked with BSO for 17 years. Sources told 7News that Costa’s computer had to be confiscated and his work area decontaminated.

Costa’s attorney, Daniel Aaronson, believes that nothing will be found on his client’s computer.  “When the investigation is over, Sergeant Costa will return to duty and be exonerated of all allegations,” Aaronson said.

According to the State Attorney’s Office, they have an open, active, criminal investigation on Costa. Whether or not he will be formally charged has yet to be determined.

Rush would not speak to 7News, and Costa would not answer the door of his home.

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