- Associated Press - Thursday, January 10, 2013

A veteran District of Columbia police officer has been accused of sexually abusing a child.

Police said Wendel Palmer, who joined the department in 1990 and is assigned to the Sixth District, was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree child sexual abuse.

Police said the alleged abuse occurred when the accuser was a juvenile.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Officer Palmer had a lawyer, and a message left at a listing for Officer Palmer wasn’t immediately returned Thursday morning.

Officer Palmer has been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the criminal case.

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