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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Mecklenburg County judge refused to lower the bonds for a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer and his wife who are both facing multiple counts of sexual abuse involving a relative.

Reginald Harris, 52, is a veteran CMPD officer who has been suspended without pay.

His wife, is 40-year old Dia Harris.

Both appeared in court via closed circuit TV from the Mecklenburg County Jail.

In court, family members, who identified themselves as the mother of Dia Harris, a sister, a daughter and a son, all asked that the judge reduce the bonds.

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The judge declined to do so saying he wanted to hear all the evidence at a full bond hearing, adding that the public and the victim in the case had to be protected.

CMPD investigators say the abuse involved a relative who was 8-years old at the time the abuse started in 1999; it continued until 2002.

CMPD say it investigated similar charges against Reginald back in 2009, but in that case the victim recanted the story.

The victim came forward for a second time last month.

Reginald Harris is facing three counts each of first-degree sex offense, taking indecent liberties with a minor and crimes against nature.

Dia is facing three counts each of felony child abuse, taking indecent liberties with a minor, crimes against nature and first-degree sex offense. Her bond is set at $120,000.

Bond for Reginald Harris is set at $90,000.

Both will next be in court on August 18 for bond hearings.

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