Baltimore police officer pleads guilty to sexually abusing 15-year-old girl

A Baltimore City police officer pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl, the city state's attorney announced.

Frederick Allen, 49, met the victim when she began attending Fort Worthington Police Athletic League after-school program at age six or seven, prosecutors said. The 19-year police veteran became close to her and her family, drove her home from school and attended family gatherings, prosecutors said.

In 2005, when the victim was 15 and working at the program, Allen, who served as her on-site supervisor, started having inappropriate sexual contact with her and continued to do so during her freshman and sophomore years of high school, prosectors said. He also sent inappropriate messages to a cell phone he bought for her, prosecutors said.

"Frederick Allen's reprehensible acts only serve to bring discredit to the hard work of the women and men of the Baltimore Police Department," police spokesman Lt. Eric Kowalczyk said in an emailed statement.

Part of Allen's plea involved resigning from the police department this week, but Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts "rejected any resignation offer and immediately terminated" him, Kowalczyk said. The department's special investigations section conducted the investigation.

"While these horrendous acts took place many years ago, the ongoing commitment to police with the highest of ethical standards, and to hold members accountable for their actions remains unchanged and is demonstrated here today," Kowalczyk said.

Allen is scheduled for sentencing on May 23.

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