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An Oldham County Police officer has resigned amid allegations of sending graphic, sexual text messages to a teenage girl he met during a traffic stop.
According to OCPD, Harry S. “Shane” Mosley resigned from his duties pending an administrative and criminal investigation. Police arrested him on Friday.
Mosley, 36, of Pendleton, is charged with unlawful transaction with a minor, official misconduct and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activity.
Police learned of Mosley’s alleged behavior when a teenager called OCPD headquarters on Sept. 26.
The teen, a female juvenile, told police she was concerned because she had received text messages from someone claiming to be an OCPD officer.
According to court documents, Mosley initiated a traffic stop about 9 p.m. Sept. 25 and smelled marijuana in the vehicle.
Mosley found marijuana in the center console of the vehicle, and cited the adult male in the vehicle for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
According to court documents, Mosley did not charge the teenage girl for the items found in the vehicle, although he was aware she was also in control of it.
The next morning, Mosley allegedly sent text messages to the teenager while she was at school. Police have not identified the teenager, as she is younger than 18.
According to court documents, Mosley continued to send text messages to the teenager’s cell phone throughout the day, stating he would not tell her family about the traffic stop if she would prove herself to him and stay away from drugs.
Mosley also allegedly stated his desire to spend more time with her as a friend, and that she needed to stay in touch with him to earn his trust.
The next day, Sept. 27, the teenager continued to receive text messages from Mosley, and the messages became sexual.
Mosley allegedly asked the girl via text message “whether she liked him and what she wanted to do to his body, including specific sexual references,” according to court documents.
Mosley allegedly sent the teenager a photo of a beer can and asked what alcohol she prefers to drink.
The same day, Mosley allegedly engaged in a sexually graphic telephone conversation with the teenager, and arranged to have sex with her later in the week, at times including during school hours or late at night.
According to court documents, Mosley also solicited the girl to send a pornographic photo of herself to his phone.
Police arrested Mosley on Friday and he was transported to the Oldham County Jail.
Mosley posted $1,000 bond and was released within 30 minutes of his arrival.
Officials at the Oldham County Jail said the camera used to photograph inmates had malfunctioned and Mosley’s mugshot was not available.
Mosley’s charges include:
• unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities;
• first-degree official misconduct; and
• third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.
Bond conditions prohibit Mosley from contacting the teen.
Mosley was hired by OCPD in November 2008.
He is scheduled to appear in Oldham district court for arraignment at 9 a.m. Oct. 10.
Indiscretions are not commonplace for the Oldham County Police Department.
In 2007, an Oldham County Police narcotics officer resigned after being charged with cultivating marijuana.
Gerald W. “Jerry” Colston was charged with cultivating marijuana after Kentucky State Police videotaped Colston cultivating four marijuana plants at his home that summer.
Colston resigned from OCPD at the urging of his supervisor just before his arrest. He worked with OCPD’s drugsniffing dog, Reggie.
In November 2007, Colston pleaded guilty after his charged was amended from cultivating marijuana to possession of marijuana.
He was sentenced to pay a $250 fine and complete 150 hours of community service.
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