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Policeman, wife arrested on child-sex charges

August 7, 2014 · 

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WCNC-TV, Charlotte, N.C.9:19 p.m. EDT August 6, 2014

(Photo: Mecklenburg County Jail)

(Photo: Mecklenburg County Jail)

 

 

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A police officer and his wife were arrested Wednesday on sex charges, and the officer has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of the case.

Officer Reginald K. Harris, 42, of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department here was arrested on nine sex charges — three counts of first-degree sex offense, three counts of indecent liberties with a minor and three counts of crimes against nature — police said.

Dia Harris, 40, of Charlotte faces 12 charges: three counts of felony child abuse, three counts of indecent liberties with a minor, three counts of crime against nature and three counts of first-degree sex offense.

He and his wife were booked into Mecklenburg County Jail.

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The charges stem from a criminal investigation that began July 3 and revealed that Reginald Harris sexually assaulted a family member on several occasions between 1999 and 2002. The victim was a minor at the time.

But this isn’t the first time police have heard these allegations.

Dia Harris, 40, of Charlotte, N.C., was arrested Aug. 6, 2014, along with her police-officer husband.(Photo: Mecklenburg County Jail)

Dia Harris, 40, of Charlotte, N.C., was arrested Aug. 6, 2014, along with her police-officer husband.(Photo: Mecklenburg County Jail)

 

 

“In 2009, the victim initially came forward and then immediately in course of investigation stopped being cooperative and didn’t move forward with the case,” Deputy Chief Kerr Putney said. So the investigation ended.

Now the victim is a twenty-something adult and five years later decided to press charges.

The Harrises’ neighbors said they are shocked and thought they were safe with an officer living nearby.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police hired Reginald Harris on Jan. 13, 1988, according to personnel records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/06/police-officer-sex-assault/13668429/

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