A FATHER has been told his 11-year-old daughter could face charges after he called to report she had been the victim of an “online predator”. Investigations are currently underway.
A TikTok went viral last weekend after the father shared that his young daughter was manipulated into sending pictures of herself to “a grown man.”
An officer and a police officer with the Columbus Division of Police in Ohio spoke with the father, who said he wanted someone to speak to his daughter to help her “understand what this was.”
In the video, the officer could be heard saying the girl “could probably be charged with child abuse.”” when she produced the pictures.
The father explained that his daughter was only 11 years old, but the same officer replied, “It doesn’t matter. She still does porn.”
“No, she’s not,” said the father. “She’s being manipulated by a grown adult on the internet.”
The officer asked if the daughter was the one who took the pictures, at which point the father ended the conversation and the officers left as seen in the video.
The video has now been viewed more than 720,000 times and received more than 15,000 comments as of Tuesday.
“Yes, because impeaching them is the solution,” one person wrote. “You handled that well!!”
“You were so respectful too. They had no reason to react like that,” another person wrote.
A third person wrote: “You handled this better than I would have. I’m so sorry you’re having to deal with this. Everything!”
In a statement Monday, the Columbus Division ofconfirmed that the showed city police officers and that an investigation had been opened by the Columbus Division of the Inspector General.
“The Columbus Division of Police is aware that a video was shared on social media showing two officers responding to a call for service,” it said the statement.
“The Police Department views all allegations of sexual misconduct with the utmost seriousness. Incidents involving minors are treated with the utmost concern. Sexual Assault Unit detectives were immediately notified of the incident and have since launched an investigation.”
If disciplinary action is taken against the officers, the Office of the Inspector General must review the complaint and conduct an investigation.
The investigation will then be reviewed by the Columbus Civilian PolicePlank.
The board can make disciplinary suggestions, but ultimately it’s up to Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant.