A Baltimore County police officer has been charged in Pennsylvania after investigators said he had numerous sexual exchanges with a 16-year-old girl.
Officer Nicholas Bonsall, 40, a 15-year veteran of the department, was arrested July 20 and charged with exchanging obscene materials with a minor, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of a minor.
A county police spokesman said Wednesday that Bonsall has been suspended without pay.
Bonsall, who lives in York County, Pa., was first investigated in April when a friend of the girl reported the relationship to police, according to court documents. The victim later told police that Bonsall first contacted her in 2016 on Facebook, and they continued to talk and exchange naked pictures on the Snapchat app.
The teen told police Bonsall made her send him pictures of herself and that he “told me what to do,” the documents said. She also told police she and Bonsall had sex at his home while his wife was away and his son was upstairs. She told police Bonsall would contact her when his wife was not home, asking her to come to his house.
Bonsall sent the teen “a lot of pictures” and videos of his penis on Snapchat and she would send him pictures of herself, the documents said. A search of his phone found a web browser search for “Does deleting my Snapchat account get rid of saved (tapped) messages in the other person’s chat,” before his interview with investigators, police said.
Bonsall posted $75,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 15.
Bonsall could not be reached for comment, and his attorney did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
A spokesman for the York County district attorney’s office declined to comment on the charges.
Last year, a Baltimore police officer was charged in York County for allegedly exchanging sexually explicit messages with a 15-year-old boy. Police said Timothy Rae George III and the boy had phone and text conversations after meeting on Facebook.
George pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge in June and will be sentenced in October, online court records show.