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CMPD officer, wife charged with sex crimes against children

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Reginald Harris (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office) Reginald Harris (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)
Dia Harris (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office) Dia Harris (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A Charlotte police officer and his wife are facing charges after they were both arrested for sex crimes against children.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, Officer Reginald K. Harris was arrested on Wednesday 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.

Officials say an investigation began last month and found that Harris sexually assaulted a minor on several occasions between 1999 and 2002.

Officer Harris' wife, 40-year-old Dia Harris, was also charged 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.

The alleged victim, who was 8-years-old at the time, was a family member, police said.

"The actions of this officer are deplorable and will not be tolerated," Police Chief Rodney D. Monroe said. "Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are expected to conduct themselves to the highest professional standards and will be held accountable when they fail to do so. At no time will this department allow behavior that violates the public's trust."

WBTV has learned the same alleged victim wanted to come forward in 2009 with the accusations but was encouraged by family members and members of their church to not report.

Officer Harris was initially placed on paid administrative leave when the investigation began. That changed when the charges were filed.

"Due to the serious charges, Harris is now on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal and internal investigations," police said.

He has been with CMPD since January 1988 and was last assigned to the North Tryon Division.

Detectives are working to determine if there are any other incidents and or victims involved.

The CMPD is urging anyone in the public who may have additional information concerning these or any other incidents to call Youth Crimes Detective Brandy Lingle at 704.432.3427 or the Crime Stopper tip line at 704.334.1600.

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