Two Ohio cops are under investigation after a viral video posted by a dad shows one of them saying his 11-year-old daughter could face ‘child porn’ charges after the father told them an online predator was victimizing her. Here are the shocking details of the incident.
Grooming His 11-Year Old Daughter
Ohio police say two officers are under investigation after a father posted a video of cops responding to his call that an online sexual predator was grooming his 11-year-old daughter.
She had sent photos to the individual.
Backlash Against the Police
The video shows he was told the girl could face ‘child porn’ charges.
The unidentified dad posted a home surveillance clip of the encounter to TikTok, which went viral and unleashed a backlash against Columbus police.
Police Took SIX Hours to Respond
The father said he called police at about 6 pm last Friday to report his child had been coerced into sending photographs to a man online, but officers didn’t arrive until midnight.
The man told the officers he wanted them to speak with his daughter so she would “realize what this was.”
Not Much I Can Do?
The dad said, “I mean, [the] reality is, there’s not much I probably can do about it, is there?”
Get Charged With Child Porn
A female officer replied, “I mean, she can probably get charged with child porn.”
She’s 11 Years Old!
“Who, she can?” the father said. “She’s 11 years old.”
She Created It
“She’s creating it, right?” the woman officer said. “She’s 11 years old,” the dad repeated.
“Doesn’t matter,” the cop said. “She’s still making porn.”
The father continued and said, “That is not the case. She is being manipulated by an adult on the internet.”
Are You Serious?
The father then ended the conversation. “You guys have a nice evening,” he said. “Thank you for coming.”
As he closed the door, he concluded the interaction with a sarcastic comment, “Are you serious.”
Viral Video Viewed Over 700,000 Times
After the video was reposted again and again on TikTok, Facebook, and X and viewed over 700,000 times, Columbus police announced that the city’s Department of the Inspector General, “which investigates complaints of misconduct and/or excessive use of force by sworn personnel, has opened an inquiry into this incident.”
Lack of Compassion, Decency and Dignity
A further response came from Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant, who issued a statement on X (formerly Twitter); she said she had apologized to the father, and the video showed a lack “of compassion, decency, and dignity.”
Referred to the Inspector General
“My expectation is that our officers treat every victim of crime with compassion, decency, and dignity. What I saw in that video did not reflect that — which is why we referred this case to the Inspector General,” Bryant said.
“I want to make it clear — this incident does not reflect the division as a whole. Our officers do outstanding work to bring comfort and justice to victims every day,” the chief said.
Investigating the Crime Against His Child
Bryant continued, “As soon as we learned of this incident, we immediately reached out to the father to apologize and to assure him that this matter was being fully investigated — both the actions of this officer and, more importantly, any crime committed against his child.”
Columbus police later said its sexual assault unit has since launched an investigation.
Social Media Backlash
There were over 1,400 responses to the Police Chief’s statement on X; here’s a few examples of how the public felt.
“Delete Your Division”
“Your officers threatened to arrest an 11-year-old girl who had been groomed by an online predator. Delete your division,” was a passionate response from one reader.
Further outrage was expressed by a second user “Fire her, she has no place in law enforcement.”
The Police Make Things Worse
“Lesson: Don’t call the police. They won’t help you. They’ll only make things worse. They are literally the enemy,” was the unfortunate opinion of another reader.
“We Want Names Now!”
Another demanded, “This disgusting officer blames a child!! Who is she? We want names now!!!”
Both Could Be Arrested
“Technically, both could be arrested. Both the girl and who she sent [images to]. For owning and distributing,” was the viewpoint of another user on X.
Still on Duty?
The Columbus Division of Police confirmed that the two responding officers seen in the viral were from its force.
But they didn’t say whether they were still on regular duty.
His In-Laws Gave Him a House as a Wedding Gift…but in the Most Insulting Way Possible
A young man whipped up concern and advice among Redditors when he revealed that he refused to live in the house his future in-laws wanted to buy for him and his bride. The problem was that the gift came with all sorts of strings. Here is the full story. His In-Laws Gave Him a House as a Wedding Gift…but in the Most Insulting Way Possible
She Refused to Pay for Another Woman’s Child to Have a Nanny
A young mother took to Reddit for opinions after she refused to pay a nanny to look after her son’s friend. It’s tough to share a good thing sometimes! Here is the full story. She Refused to Pay for Another Woman’s Child to Have a Nanny
Her Parents Declared They Were Moving Into Her House, but She Said They Should Talk to Her Lawyer
A young woman riled up Redditors and landed some kudos after she told her parents she was going to put them in a home. The backstory that follows is loaded with family drama and bad assumptions. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this one! Her Parents Declared They Were Moving Into Her House, but She Said They Should Talk to Her Lawyer
Her Manager’s IMPOSSIBLE Demands Were Proven to HR in a Spectacular Case of Malicious Compliance!
Casey’s tale of workplace struggle took an unexpected turn when she sought revenge on their demanding Department Manager. After documenting the unbearable workload, Casey’s actions lead to a surprising twist of events, leaving Hannah to face the consequences of her unfair demands. Her Manager’s IMPOSSIBLE Demands Were Proven to HR in a Spectacular Case of Malicious Compliance!
She Banned Her Housekeeper From Working at Her Mother-In-Law’s House
A stressed-out mom took to Reddit for opinions after she refused to share her housekeeper with her mother-in-law. The problem was they were sharing something else, too. Here is the full story. She Banned Her Housekeeper From Working at Her Mother-In-Law’s House
Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock / Roman Samborskyi. The people shown in the images are for illustrative purposes only, not the actual people featured in the story.
Source: NY Post