Friday, April 13, 2007

High school police officer pays student $50 to get naked

A police officer assigned to a high school asked a 16-year-old student last month to take off her clothes while he photographed her in his office and even paid her $50, according to an arrest affidavit.

The affidavit said that Helms took several dozen photos of the girl in his office March 6 but that she was clothed. The next day, the student returned, and Helms asked again if he could photograph her, according to the affidavit.

This time, according to court documents, Helms put a chair in front of his office door and asked the girl to remove her shirt, bra and pants. He then photographed her topless and gave her $50 "to induce her to stay a little longer," the affidavit states.

George Wesley Helms, 35, was fired from the Hutto Police Department last month after police were tipped off that he had taken inappropriate photos of the girl, Hutto police said. After a monthlong investigation, police arrested Helms on Tuesday and charged him with sexual performance of a child, a second-degree felony that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Full article here.

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