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Published February 07, 2013, 01:16 PM

Minneapolis officer accused of sex abuse of girl

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer has been arrested in the alleged sexual abuse of a child.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer has been arrested in the alleged sexual abuse of a child.

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office arrested the 32-year-old Andover man Wednesday and booked him on a possible charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with someone under age 13. He was still in custody Thursday and hadn't been formally charged.

Sheriff's officials say authorities in Brooklyn Center contacted them after they learned an Andover man had used social media to send inappropriate messages to a girl.

Authorities say the investigation identified multiple possible victims. The allegations include sexual contact with penetration.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau ordered an internal investigation and placed the officer on administrative leave. Harteau says if the allegations are true, they are horrific and against the department's values.

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