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Former officer accused of sexual misconduct with teen cadet

Posted at 5:58 PM, Jul 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-20 17:58:18-04

FAIRFAX, Va. -- A former northern Virginia police officer accused of inappropriate sexual contact with a teenage girl in the department’s cadet program has been indicted.

News outlets report that a Fairfax County grand jury indicted John Grimes on Monday, charging him with three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child in a custodial relationship.

Authorities say the alleged misconduct began when Grimes took the 16-year-old on ride-alongs and came to light after the FBI alerted the department that Grimes failed a lie-detector test while applying for a special agent job.

Grimes resigned last year. If convicted, Grimes faces up to 15 years in prison and would have to register as a sex offender.