"We will definitely still prosecute," said Eric Hsu, Deputy District Attorney in Linn County, Oregon, where Matthew De Gennaro, 32, allegedly photographed himself having sex with a 17-year-old high school student from Corvallis, Oregon.
An 11-year police veteran, De Gennaro was arrested in New York on Sept. 5 and charged with depicting a child engaging in sex acts and two counts of encouraging child sexual abuse, charges that could land him in prison for 70 months.
De Gennaro met a group of four girls at Corvallis High School in May 2002 while on a nationwide speaking tour, including the 17-year-old he later married. She is now 18.
"Several young women were interested in him," Corvallis Police Capt. Robert Deutsch told Reuters by telephone.
After swapping e-mails with all four, De Gennaro became more involved with one girl, leading to phone calls and a return visit to Oregon in August 2002, where the two met at a Holiday Inn in nearby Albany, Oregon.
The now-suspended policeman documented the ensuing tryst in photographs and came back to visit the girl again in April, Deutsch said.
The girl's mother found five photographs, one very explicit, and contacted the FBI (news - web sites), which passed the information to the Corvallis Police Department.
What kind of cop is this, let alone man, he has sex with a teenager after giving a speech about the 9/11 attacks, then takes pictures of the sex act itself.