NEW YORK — A New York police officer was arrested Tuesday in the Bronx on suspicion of having sexually abused a minor, authorities said.
Officer Vladimir Sosa, 38, faces 14 charges, including three counts of rape in the third degree and one count of acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17, according to police. If convicted of all charges, he faces up to 30 years and six months behind bars.
The charges stem from one sustained sexual relationship with a 16 year old girl who knew Sosa, a police spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. The officer allegedly had sex with the victim at least three times between March and October of 2014 at his apartment on Harrod Avenue, in the Bronx, according to a criminal complaint.
Sosa knew the victim from the church they both attended, the New York Times reported, citing law-enforcement sources. There was "no indication" that Sosa used force during the encounters, the paper reported.
Sosa's Facebook profile includes photographs of him preaching and references to his religious faith. The officer also posted a handwritten note in Spanish warning Latino parents that a public Facebook group dedicated to parenting was in fact a cover for a pedophile network seeking to gain access to pictures of children.
A spokesman for the Bronx District Attorney told BuzzFeed News that he could not confirm or deny the "rumors" about Sosa knowing the victim from church.
The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association — the union that represents Sosa — declined to comment. Cary London, Sosa's attorney, did not respond to a request for comment.
Nicolás Medina Mora is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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