Alabama state police officer Nicholas Lohse was charged Friday with sexual assault of a child and aggravated sexual battery after a video surfaced of him sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl while he was on duty.
Lohste, 42, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on charges of aggravated sexual assault, sexual battery and child endangerment.
Alabama State Troopers said in a statement that Lohso was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the case.
The video was posted to the Internet on March 15, the same day the officer was arrested.
In it, Lohses wife, who is a state trooper, is seen talking with the girl in a room and is shown placing her hands on her waist and breasts.
The officer appears to be grabbing the girl by the neck and trying to force her into oral sex.
The woman is heard crying, and then appears to turn away.
“You’re going to need to go home and stay at home, please don’t do that to me,” the officer says.
The girl’s mother, who has since moved out of Alabama, told WLOX-TV in Birmingham that she was upset when she heard the news.
“I was upset,” she said.
“It’s just something that just shouldn’t have happened.”
The video, posted by the local station WBTV, was shot on March 10, the day Lohsse was arrested and booked.
It shows Lohs wife, Officer Lohser, standing next to the girl.
LOHSSER IS IN POLICE EMERGENCY: ALABAMA STATE POLICE Officer Nicholas LOHSE has been placed on Administrative Leave pending the investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct, according to AL.com.
LOHNSTE IS A STATE POLICEMAN: A spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Public Safety told AL.org that LOHsse’s arrest was a result of an administrative violation, which the department is working to resolve.
“This incident was a very serious matter, involving a very important member of the Alabama State Patrol and an important public servant.
It is an important step forward for our law enforcement community,” spokesman Brandon Bryant said in an email.
“The State Police is committed to upholding the highest standards of conduct, while working closely with the Alabama Attorney General’s Office to determine the facts and determine the appropriate action.”
The department also said Lohson had resigned.
“There are many ways in which this case can be handled differently, and the State Police will continue to work with the Attorney General on this matter,” Bryant said.
The Alabama Department, which oversees the state police, also said in the statement that “any allegations of this nature are taken very seriously and will be thoroughly investigated.”
Lohsis’ arrest comes less than a month after the U.S. Department of Justice announced a civil rights investigation into whether police departments nationwide failed to fully investigate and hold officers accountable when it comes to sexual assault allegations.
The investigation, which was launched after a report in The New York Times, found that the Justice Department has launched more than 2,000 civil rights investigations since it was created in 2015.
Alabama’s investigation into Lohsen was first reported by WBTV.