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Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2004 10:20 am | Updated: 4:34 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

A Gilbert police sergeant accused of storming into two Mesa homes to look for his missing daughter has been placed on paid administrative suspension.

Sgt. Dave Bush was placed on leave Friday and will remain on leave until Mesa and Gilbert detectives finish investigating claims made by two homeowners Feb. 10, said Gilbert police Cmdr. Tim Dorn.

Bush is accused of entering two homes without permission while in full uniform about 8 a.m. Feb. 10.

The homes are in the 10000 block of East Posada Avenue.

Rosemary Crawford, one of the homeowners, said Bush came to her home looking for his 16-year-old daughter who had not come home the previous evening.

Bush was placed on leave after officials confirmed that Mesa detectives were looking into the allegations and after an internal affairs investigation was launched, Dorn said.

The suspension in no way means a determination of guilt has been made, Dorn said.

"We had enough concerns that we placed him on leave until all of the facts are obtained," Dorn said.

Police records released Monday indicate Bush has been both reprimanded and commended in his 15 years on the force.

Bush was nominated for Officer of the Year in 1993 for his work as an undercover narcotics officer.

He was reprimanded for instructing officers to conduct an unlawful search and arrest, for addressing a secretary in an unprofessional manner and for

criticizing a departmental policy in front of other officers.

As a result of not maintaining his "professional decorum," Bush was transferred from special investigations to patrol in November 2002.

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