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Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT

He’s baacck. Actually, Joseph Zeid Langan, erstwhile cop for Springfield and Southern View, never really left the employ of the University of Illinois Springfield, where he worked as a police dispatcher after being forced to resign as a Springfield police officer in 2008, when a prostitute said she performed a sex act on him in his squad car. The proof, the woman claimed, was contained in a condom that investigators, following directions from the woman, found on the ground in Lincoln Park. After getting hired by UIS in 2009, Langan got a second job as a Southern View cop in 2012 but he was fired after less than a month when a woman accused him of groping her while on duty. UIS put him on paid administrative leave in the spring of 2012 after he was charged with official misconduct and battery. He pleaded guilty to reduced charges of disorderly conduct in September and, after 18 months of collecting a paycheck without going to work, Langan returned to duty at UIS about a week ago. He is paid slightly more than $20,000 a year. Back on the job.

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