CINCINNATI -- A Cincinnati police officer was arrested Monday on allegations of receiving nude photographs of a 17-year-old girl taking part in a department program for teens interested in becoming police officers, authorities said.
Officer Darrell Beavers was also charged with improperly using a city apartment and tampering with evidence after the teen's father complained about him last month.
Beavers was released on his own recognizance. Attorney Carl Lewis said Beavers maintains his innocence and will plead not guilty but declined to comment further.
The teen was a member of the department's Police Explorer program, which police Sgt. Julian Johnson said Beavers was not involved in. Johnson did not know whether the teen remained in the program.
Beavers was put on unpaid leave following his arrest and would be fired if convicted, Johnson said. Prosecutors said he could face up to eight and a half years in prison.
In addition to the accusations involving the photos, Beavers is accused of using an apartment for free after saying it would be used as a police substation and destroying a cellphone after learning he was being investigated.
Prosecutors say the accusations stem from conduct between June and September.