A suspended officer for the Prince George’s County Police Department is accused of sexually abusing a minor.
A grand jury indicted Cpl. Tristan Thigpen on charges of sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree assault, third-degree sex offense and fourth-degree sex offense.
The 35-year-old is accused of inappropriately touching a minor in Clinton, Maryland, in April, the county state’s attorney’s office said. It was reported to police about three months later.
“The fact the allegations against this officer involve a child make them all the more troubling,” interim police Chief Hector Velez said in a department statement.
Thigpen faces up to 35 years in prison.
Thigpen, who joined the department back in 2006, was suspended in August 2018 after a DUI arrest in Nevada.