CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer faces nine sex charges, including three against a minor, according to CMPD.
Officer Reginald K. Harris was arrested by CMPD detectives and charged with three counts of first degree sex offense, three counts of indecent liberties with a minor and three counts of crimes against nature today.
The charges stem from a criminal investigation which began on July 3, and revealed that Harris sexually assaulted a family member on several occasions between 1999 and 2002. The victim was a minor at the time these sexual assaults occurred.
Detectives also charged Harris' wife, Dia Harris, with 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 for her involvement in the case.
"I'm shocked, shocked very shocked , didn't know anything about that, " said a neighbor of the Harris'.
Neighbors say they are taken aback by the news saying they actually felt safe having an officer nearby.
"Just see him outside and speak to him we see each other outside cutting the grass," said the neighbor.
Reginald Harris was immediately placed on paid administrative leave and had his gun and badge removed while detectives determined the facts of this case, CMPD said.
He was hired by the CMPD on January 13, 1988, and was last assigned to the North Tryon Division. Due to the serious charges, Harris is now on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal and internal investigations.
But this isn't the first police have heard these allegations.
"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," said CMPD Deputy Chief Kerr Putney.
So the investigation ended. Thankfully police say the victim, now in their early 20's, was resilient even though previously let down by many systems.