Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment of Cincinnati police officer
Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Cincinnati Police Officer Darrell Beavers for 1 count of Theft in Office (Felony 4), 1 count of Tampering with Evidence (Felony 3), and 4 counts of Illegal Use of a Minor in Nudity-Oriented Material or Performance (Felony 5). These charges date from June 2013 – September 2013. If convicted of all charges, Beavers faces the possibility of 8 ½ years in prison.
In September 2013 the parent of a 17-year-old Cincinnati Police Explorer became concerned about his daughter’s contact with Officer Beavers. (The Cincinnati Police Explorer program is a program for teenagers interested in a career in law enforcement.) He complained to the Cincinnati Police Department which resulted in an investigation and today’s indictment.
Beavers now stands charged with receiving nude photographs of the minor Police Explorer.
He is also charged with improper use of an apartment at 2600 Bushnell Street. The police investigation revealed that Beavers secured the apartment alleging that it was to be used as a Cincinnati Police substation. A Cincinnati Police logo, typically used to mark substations, was affixed to a stairway window near the apartment. When the police searched the apartment in late September, they found a bed, bedding, food, personal lubricant, videos, and a night vision camera which is the property of the Cincinnati Police Department. The apartment was not an official Cincinnati Police substation. The Theft in Office charge is based on his procurement and use of the apartment for free while representing that it was for official Cincinnati Police business.
Count two of the indictment charges Beavers with destroying a cell phone after he was aware of the official police investigation into this matter.
Prosecutor Deters commented, “A police officer commands, and should command, the respect of the entire community. When an individual police officer betrays that trust, it devastates the entire community which is why the Cincinnati Police Department and my office place the highest priority on these types of cases and will not tolerate this behavior.”