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Veteran Metro police sergeant resigns amid investigation

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A veteran Metro police sergeant resigned from his position on Thursday a week after being decommissioned.

For more than 25 years, Sgt. John Patton also helped lead a nonprofit that mentored thousands of kids, but scandal could overshadow that legacy.

According to several sources, the investigation centers on missing money from the Una Recreation Center, where Patton served as president.

The rumors have parents like Tiphanie Farmer confused.

"I was shocked. Saddened if it's true. But I hope and don't want to believe those allegations, because he definitely has an impact on this community," Farmer said.

The nonprofit announced online that Patton will no longer be a part with the organization. It also announced a new board of directors, advisers and a pledge to cooperate with investigators.

"Coach Patton is great. He's a good enforcer. He stays on these boys. He makes sure they don't slack. There are a lot of single moms that come down to this park and he fills that role for some of these kids," Farmer said.

According to tax records, in 2010 and 2011 the nonprofit ran in a deficit under Patton's leadership.

Police and the district attorney's office continue to investigate.

"Well, I hope that nothing changes. I hope that, you know, it doesn't put a damper on this season and the kids - the older boys - who do maybe understand what's going on. I hope that their parents talk to them and just, we just keep on going," Farmer said.

Channel 4 News visited Patton's home in Antioch last week for his side of the story, but no one answered the door.

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