CHARLOTTE, MECKLENBURG COUNTY - A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer has been arrested for allegedly taking inappropriate photographs of underage girls.
According to ABC-affiliate WSOC, Officer Thomas E. Allen was arrested Wednesday 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.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department told WSOC that an investigation on Officer Allen began in October 2013. Police said they learned that Allen took four inappropriate photos of girls as they participated in two police-sponsored High School Academy events in 2011 and 2013.
Allen allegedly took photos of the girls' undergarments during their physical training without them knowing. The juvenile victims were fully clothed at the time, police said.
Police said 11 full-time detectives have been assigned to the case and have reviewed thousands of photographs that Allen had on his computers. Investigators told WSOC there has been no evidence of any child pornography.
Detectives are also in the process of interviewing about 700 people who took part in youth programs that Allen was associated with, according to investigators.
Police told WSOC that Allen has been cited for termination. He was hired as an officer for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on March 27, 1996.
For more information, visit WSOC.