Officer Joseph D. Anthony III, 39, turned himself in Monday night and bond was set at $10,000, said police officials. The officer is a nine-year veteran of the force and was most recently assigned to the Eastway Division.
Specifics of what occurred Nov. 27 were not disclosed, but investigators said the case did not involve rape.
Investigators say the officer and alleged victim, an adult female, came into contact on Nov. 27 when Anthony was responding to a missing person call. The victim was said to have information about the missing person case, officials said. Anthony and the victim were together for about 45 minutes, officials said.
Investigators say they began investigating Nov. 28, after an officer reported overhearing the woman discuss the alleged offense with someone else.
Detectives interviewed the woman and within three hours of learning the accusations, Anthony was removed from service and placed on paid administrative leave, officials said.
The case was then presented to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office, which deemed there was enough evidence to seek an indictment on first-degree sexual offense and first-degree kidnapping. The kidnapping charge involves moving the alleged victim to different locations within her residence, officials said.
A separate, internal investigation by the department is nearing completion, officials said.
In a news conference Monday, Police Chief Darrel Stephens said the charges are appalling.
“As difficult as it is for any police department to have charges against one of their own, the CMPD aggressively pursues any allegations of misconduct because nothing is more important than the integrity of the force,” Stephens said.
“These charges sicken me and all of the other men and women of this department. In fact, it is due to the integrity of fellow officers that we got information that enabled us to pursue the investigation