Two Police Officers Indicted In Civil Rights Case - KMSP-TV

Two Police Officers Indicted In Civil Rights Case

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Former Officer Joseph Harvey, 39, was a 7-year-veteran of the department. Officer Sean Cahill, 34 is a 10-year-veteran of the force, assigned to the 24th district Former Officer Joseph Harvey, 39, was a 7-year-veteran of the department. Officer Sean Cahill, 34 is a 10-year-veteran of the force, assigned to the 24th district

The feds have indicted a Philadelphia Police Officer and his former partner in a civil rights case.

A woman only identified in court documents as "M.C" says back in 2009 Officer Joseph Harvey instructed her to remove all of her clothes and sit naked while he performed a sex act in front of her.

Harvey, a 7-year-veteran, was charged with indecent exposure and fired from the Philadelphia Police Department in 2010.

However, a judge threw out the case because prosecutors took too long to bring it to trial. Now Federal Investigators have stepped in, charging Harvey with violating the woman's civil rights.

"He's obviously upset. Dealing with the matter in state court that was resolving itself favorably, "Harvey's attorney, James Funt, said.

Federal Prosecutors have also arrested and charged 34-year-old Officer Sean Cahill, a 10-year-veteran of the force assigned to the 24th district.

They accuse him of lying to investigators claiming he was with Harvey at the time of the alleged incident, and that Harvey was never alone with the alleged victim.

"Throughout this investigation Mr. Cahill has vigorously denied allegations put forth by the FBI," Furtunato Perri, Sean Cahill's attorney said.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says Cahill will be suspended 30 days pending dismissal from the department.

"I think it's always a good day whenever we rid our ranks of people who don't live up to value of this department. We're going to continue to be aggressive to root out corruption of any kind. There are other cases right now with the corruption task force which will hopefully come to a conclusion soon," Ramsey said.

Commissioner Ramsey says a couple of those cases are expected to wrap up before the end of the year.

If convicted of lying to investigators, Cahill is facing up to 5 years in prison. Harvey is looking at a maximum of one year.

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