A New York Police Department sergeant was charged Wednesday morning with sexually abusing an underage girl, police said. Sgt. Joel Doseau, 43, of Brooklyn was arrested on 40 charges in the Williamsburg neighborhood, reported news station WPIX.
The Brooklyn South cop was charged in the indictment with the following: seven counts of rape; one count of using a child under 17; one count of using child under 17 in sexual performance; five counts of promoting sexual performance; 11 counts of sexual misconduct; three counts of acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17; and 11 counts of sexual abuse.
Sources told the New York Daily News that Doseau met the girl online when she was 14 and lied to her about how much older he was. He began his sexual relationship with the girl in 2008, when she was 15, and continued it until a year ago. The age of consent in New York is 17.
The incidents continued through last August, according to the indictment, which also said he was aware that his actions were “likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare” of the teenage girl.
Doseau was an officer in the 94th Precinct, which includes Greenpoint and parts of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He earned more than $101,000 last year with overtime.
Doseau was arraigned in Brooklyn Supreme Court and posted the $100,000 bond set for his release.
The officer is scheduled to appear in court in October and faces up to 15 years in prison on the top charge if convicted, according to the Daily News.