CMPD officer, wife accused of sexually assaulting underage family member

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - On Wednesday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Reginald K. Harris was arrested by CMPD detectives and charged with three counts of first-degree sex offense, three counts of indecent liberties with a minor and three counts of crimes against nature.

The charges stem from a criminal investigation which began on July 3, and revealed that Harris sexually assaulted a family member on several occasions between 1999 and 2002, police said.

Detectives have also arrested  Dia Harris, 40, and charged her with three counts of felony child abuse, three counts of indecent liberties with a minor, three counts of crime against nature and three counts of first degree sex offense for her involvement in the case. Dia Harris is the wife of Reginald Harris.

The victim had gone to family members as far back as 2000, but had not received any help, Deputy Chief Kerr Putney said.

The victim first came to police in 2009, but officers said before they could begin their investigation the victim became uncooperative and backed out of the process, Putney said.

“We are going to hold our officers to a higher standard,” Putney said.

Reginald Harris was immediately placed on paid administrative leave and had his gun and badge removed while detectives determined the facts of this case.

The officer was originally placed on administrative leave with pay, but because of probable cause, Reginald Harris is on administrative leave without pay, Putney said.

Reginald Harris and his wife are in jail.

He was hired by the CMPD on Jan. 13, 1988, and was last assigned to the North Tryon Division.

Putney said CMPD does not believe there will be additional charges. Both Reginald and Dia are scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

Detectives are investigating this case aggressively to determine if there are any other incidents and/or victims involved. The CMPD is urging anyone in the public who may have additional information concerning these or any other incidents to call Youth Crimes Detective Brandy Lingle at 704-432-3427 or the Crime Stopper tip line at 704-334.1600.