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Phoenix Police officer accused of having sex with underage girl

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A Phoenix Police officer was arrested in Scottsdale after authorities say he had sex with a 17-year-old girl.

Shortly after the arrest, the officer, identified as 32-year-old Justin LaClere, resigned from the department.

According to Scottsdale Police, LeClere met the girl on a social media app.

LaClere was a police officer for seven years.  Scottsdale Police believe he first met the 17-year-old last week on the social media network Whisper, which allows users to post photos with text attached to them.  Other users can then respond and send private messages.

According to court paperwork obtained by FOX 10, the victim posted a photo with the caption "I want to get pregnant but I am only a teen."  She later received a private message from someone with the screen name "Jason69er."  The two started chatting and according to court documents, the victim clearly stated she was just 17, but the messages kept coming, including "You'd be a beautiful pregnant mommy" and "I've wanted a young pregnant GF."

Then came photos of the now former officer, according to police.

"In one picture, you could see that the male was wearing a dark blue uniform with Phoenix PD patches on the shoulders."

The two arranged to meet at the victim's home after school.  The suspect asked if he could sneak in while her parents were out.

Two days after the incident, Scottsdale Police were called in and investigators identified LaClere with the help of the Phoenix Police Department.

LaClere was arrested at his Gilbert home on Friday where he lives with his wife and according to those court  documents, he admitted to being aware the victim was just 17 and that he knew what he did was wrong.

The former officer was booked on one count of luring a minor and one count of sexual misconduct with a minor.


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