ELKHART — A police officer was suspended and demoted on Monday as a result of his involvement in allegedly gaining “complete financial control” of the assets of an Elkhart resident whom the officer’s wife, also an officer, first met through official police business.

Nathan Lanzen was demoted from sergeant to corporal and is suspended without pay for 30 days as a result of an agreement between him and the Elkhart Police Department. Chief Kris Seymore had initially asked the Police Merit Commission to fire Lanzen, as well as his wife, Cpl. Taryn Lanzen, who was more involved in the relationship with the city resident. But at her hearing Thursday, the commission found that Seymore’s proposed punishment was too harsh and chose instead to suspend Taryn Lanzen for 60 days without pay, followed by 180 days of probation.

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