Former So. Indiana cop accused of sexual relationship with underage teen girl

Former So. Indiana cop accused of sexual relationship with underage teen girl

CORYDON, IN (WAVE)- A former Georgetown, Indiana Police officer has been accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage girl.

The Harrison County Prosecutors Office said Dwayne Christopher Avis, 31, is charged with two counts of child seduction and dissemination of matter harmful to minors.

Before working for the Georgetown Police Department, Avis was a Corydon Police officer.

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"We have to hold people accountable just because you have a gun and a badge doesn't mean you are above the law," Harrison County Prosecutor Otto Schalk said.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the Harrison County Police Department was notified by a caseworker with the Indiana Department of Child Services about a report which alleged that Avis had exchanged nude photos with two underage girls.

The detective conducted interviews and identified a 17-year-old female who allegedly received inappropriate gifts, nude pictures, and had sex with Avis.

According to the document, Avis conducted a traffic stop with the juvenile while he was an officer with the Corydon Police Department. While the age of consent is 16 in Indiana, 18 is the age in circumstances that involve a profession like law enforcement.

"Law enforcement officers are held to a higher standard and when those standards are breached there are consequences that follow," Schalk said.

Court documents said that shortly after the traffic stop Avis added the juvenile on Snapchat. The juvenile told the detective during an interview that nude photos were exchanged and admitted to sexual activity with Avis happening at her home. Detectives searched the juvenile's phone as well as Avis's home for evidence that supported the juvenile's account of the relationship.

"As a prosecutor, this is something that I have enforced before it is something I will continue to enforce," Schalk said. "Just because these are allegations against one officer that does not speak or represent all the law enforcement that have done so much for this county." 

Schalk said Avis is no longer a police officer with Georgetown Police and bonded out of jail. He will be back in court in April.

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