PROVO — A school resource officer has been placed on leave, pending an investigation into reports of inappropriate behavior at Provo High School.

Provo Police Sgt. Mathew Siufanua said the department was contacted Wednesday night by a Provo School District official. The official said the school district had received a complaint that officer Cody Harris had behaved inappropriately while on duty during a birthday celebration for a Provo High School employee.

Police believe there were between five and 10 students present at the celebration.

"Basically, he wore inappropriate attire and allegedly conducted himself inappropriately," Siufanua said. He would not comment further on the nature of the incident.

Harris was immediately reassigned and on Thursday was placed on paid administrative leave. Siufanua said another officer has been assigned as school resource officer for the remainder of Provo High's school year.

Provo Police Chief Rick Gregory said the allegations against Harris violate the code of conduct required of police officers.

"It's fair to say that while the officer's intent may have been good, if the actions that are alleged are true then they certainly violate our policies," Gregory said.

Benjamin Wood