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Prince George's County officer charged with sex crimes involving a minor

Prosecutors said that all four charges against Thigpen are related to one incident and that the officer knew the victim.

CLINTON, Md. — A Prince George’s County police officer is facing charges for sex crimes involving a minor.

Officer Tristan Thigpen was indicted Tuesday for allegedly touching a young child inappropriately on Apr. 1 in Clinton, State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy said Tuesday during a news conference.

At the time, Thigpen was already suspended following his arrest for DUI in Nevada in August 2018.

Prosecutors said that all four charges against Thigpen are related to one incident and that the officer knew the victim.

The charges that Thigpen face include:

  • Sex abuse of a minor
  • Third-degree sex offense
  • Second-degree assault
  • Fourth-degree sex offense

While the prosecutor’s office declined to go into specific details involving the incident, Braveboy said that when a case like such involves an officer, “it’s particularly egregious.”

“Any case involving sex abuse of a minor is serious. When the allegations are made against an officer, it’s particularly egregious,” Braveboy said.

Officials said the victim was a “household member” of the officer, however, officials do not yet know if there were other victims involved.

Thigpen is now suspended without pay.

“The fact the allegations against this officer involve a child make them all the more troubling. The officer had already been on suspension when our department was made aware of this allegation,” Interim Police Chief Hector Velez said.

Thigpen joined the police department in 2006 and was assigned to the Bureau of Patrol prior to his 2018 suspension.

If found guilty of all charges, Thigpen could face up to 35 years in prison, officials said.

Anyone with relevant information on Thigpen is asked to call the Prince George's County Internal Affairs Division at 301-352-1200.

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