Child Porn Task Force Cop Charged With Raping 14-Year-Old Girl

A police officer tasked with investigating child sexual abuse online has been charged with raping and sexual assaulting a teenage girl over a five year period beginning when she was just 14-years-old.

According to authorities, officer Anthony James Haworth, 38, is assigned to the Pasco, Washington Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force.

He is accused of sexually assaulting the teen, who he is apparently related to, multiple times between 2008 and 2013 at a home in the 5800 block of Taft Drive in Pasco.

During one incident, the victim said Haworth got her drunk while her mother was away and took advantage of her intoxicated state by having sex with her. She said the sex acts occurred both while she was awake and while she was unconscious.

According to court records, the teen said she noticed a hole in her wall that allowed Haworth to watch her. After she covered it up with a poster, she said he told her to uncover it.

Haworth is also accused of taking naked pictures of the victim and attempting to kiss and touch one of her childhood friends.

After the allegations came to light, investigators obtained a warrant and searched Haworth’s home where they confiscated several of his electronic devices.

Nude pictures of the teen were found on Haworth’s phone, as were messages talking about his attempt to kiss her friend. The officer claimed he had no idea how the pictures and messages got there.

On Wednesday, officials said Haworth has been placed on administrative leave from his position. As a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, he was tasked with investigating online child pornography.

Haworth has been charged with four felonies: indecent liberties, third-degree rape, first degree incest and voyeurism.

During the investigation of the victim’s claims, Haworth was reportedly interviewed by detectives who said he denied all accusations and refused to take a polygraph.

Haworth is scheduled to make a first appearance in Franklin County Superior Court on June 6 in order to enter a plea to the charges.

Walla Walla County Prosecutor James Nagle has been appointed to handle the case in order to avoid any conflict of interest as Franklin County prosecutors work closely with the Pasco Police Department.

Haworth faces a life sentence plus 20 years in prison if convicted on all charges, according to Washington State sentencing guidelines.

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