CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Prosecutors have dropped charges against a former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer in connection with the sexual abuse of an underage family member.
Reginald Harris, a veteran of more than 20 years with CMPD, was facing multiple charges of first-degree sex offense, indecent liberties with a minor, and crimes against nature stemming from a 2014 investigation that he sexually abused his stepdaughter between 1999 and 2002. Harris’ wife, Dia Harris, 42, was also facing charges in connection with the alleged assaults.
The Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office says the victim would not cooperate with the prosecution. The D.A.’s office says they do not believe evidence outside of the victim’s testimony would allow the State to convict the couple. Prosecutors say the victim moved, changed phone numbers, and told detectives that she would not testify against her parents in court.
Harris was arrested in August 2014 after the victim told investigators that between the ages 8 and 11, she was sexually assaulted by her stepfather and biological mother. Investigators say that several witnesses confirmed the victim’s testimony, leading to the arrest of the pair.
Detectives investigated Harris for the same crimes in 2009, but the victim backed off, according to CMPD. The allegations against Harris and his wife never changed, police say,
Following his arrest, Harris was placed on administrative leave by CMPD. Officials say that he retired from the force on August 1, 2014.