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New Information About Indicted Cincinnati Police Officer
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- A Hamilton Co. Grand Jury indicted a Cincinnati police officer Monday on six felony charges involving a 17-year-old girl and a fake police substation.
Darrell Beavers, 44, faces four counts of Illegal Use of a Minor in Nudity-Oriented Material, Tampering with Evidence and Theft in Office. Beavers is accused of setting up a phony police substation in an East Price Hill apartment and using his position as a police officer to use the apartment rent-free. Local 12 News first reported the allegations about the fake substation a week ago.
Hamilton Co. Prosecutor Joe Deters said Beavers also received nude photos of a 17-year-old Police Explorer. The girl's father became concerned about the contact his daughter was having with Beavers and an investigation followed. Deters said Beavers destroyed his cell phone when he discovered he was being investigated.
"A police officer commands, and should command, the respect of the entire community. When an individual police officer betrays that trust, it devastates the entire community which is why the Cincinnati Police Department and my office place the highest priority on these types of cases and will not tolerate this behavior, Deters said in a statement.
Beavers turned himself in and was released on his own recognizance Monday. His attorney said he will plead not guilty when he's arraigned.
"You know, he's been working. He's concerned about his family. He wants everybody to protect his family to respect them at this point. The privacy of the family," said Carl Lewis, Beavers attorney.
Beavers was a neighborhood officer in Lower Price Hill. District 3 police commander Capt. Russ Neville attended Monday night's community council meeting to discuss the investigation into Beavers. Neville and residents called the charges "disappointing."
"He was very active arresting those who were doing anything wrong without fear," said Jack Degano, community council president. Beavers's personnel file included several commendations including one from Degano. "We were first of all shocked because the man was absolutely reliable and we feel let down. Disappointed."
Community council secretary Eileen Gallagher also said she was disappointed to hear about the allegations. But, she said Beavers did a good job in the neighborhood.
"You heard discussion about how a lot of the bad guys are back. Just in the last week since he hasn't been here. Word is out and so it's open season again," Gallagher said.
Beavers has worked at the Cincinnati Police Department since 2001. He was placed on unpaid administrative leave Monday once he was indicted. Col. Jim Whalen said Beavers had been "generally a good employee."
The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Beavers in the early 1990's. He was with the team for one year before being released.