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Indictment Charges Philadelphia Cop And Former Cop In Civil Rights Case

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–Today charges were brought against former Philadelphia Police Officer Joseph Harvey, 39, of Philadelphia, with deprivation of civil rights under color of law and Philadelphia Police Officer Sean Cahill, 34, of Philadelphia, with making a material false statement. Both defendants were arrested this morning.

According to the indictment, on or about October 8, 2009, defendant Joseph Harvey while acting under color of law as a police officer with the Philadelphia Police Department, instructed the victim to remove all of her clothing and sit naked while he masturbated, thereby willfully depriving the victim of the right, secured and protected by the United States Constitution and the law of the United States, to be free from an unreasonable seizure by a police officer.

The indictment further alleges that defendant Cahill falsely claimed that he was with Harvey, and that Harvey was never alone with the victim at the time that the victim alleged she was instructed by Harvey to undress.

If convicted, Harvey faces a maximum term of one year in prison, a $100,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment.

Cahill faces a maximum term of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, up to three years supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

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