Charlotte police officer arrested for taking secret photos of underage girls


Officer Thomas E. Allen

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer was charged after police say he secretly took pictures of underage girls.

According to WSOC, Officer Thomas E. Allen was arrested and charged with four counts of secretly using a photographic imaging device to view another’s body or undergarments and four counts of possessing photographic images in violation of the peeping statute.

Police said the charges stem from an investigation which began in October 2013 and revealed that Allen photographed and possessed four images of juvenile females as they participated at various activities during two CMPD High School Academy events in 2011 and 2013.

The investigation revealed that Allen took photos through the victims clothing during physical training that captured portions of their undergarments without their consent.

Chief Rodney Monroe held a press conference Wednesday afternoon. He said as soon as they heard about the incident, they took Allen off the job.

There was no indication he had touched any of the girls, Monroe said. Four victims did not know they had been photographed.

Detectives are working to interview around 700 people who participated in youth programs that Allen was directly associated with during his career.

Police are urging anyone in the public who may have additional information concerning these or any other incidents to call 704-619-4931.

Read more: WSOC

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