Lower Merion officer accused of sex assault

May 20, 2011 3:15:56 AM PDT
Only Action News was there as a woman, accompanied by her father, tearfully made startling allegations to the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners earlier this week.

Action News does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault.

"I was stalked and sexually assaulted by a Lower Merion police officer in my own home for a month," the victim said.

A friend of the woman tells Action News, the victim met the officer online and, on at least one occasion, the two met. It's during a meeting the officer allegedly groped the victim. She also claimed the officer would park outside her home at all hours of the night while on-duty.

"He saw me naked and I have post-traumatic disorder because of it," the victim said.

Township Board President Elizabeth Rogan's jaw literally dropped as the victim came forward with the explosive charges.

"Shocked. I felt terrible for her, I didn't know what we were supposed to do; it was shocking," Rogan said.

The victim says she was scared to go to police and felt the board was her only option.

Rogan says the board is turning over the televised statement to the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.

"Certainly, the allegations are very serious and...something we have to investigate and get to the bottom of," Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said.

A spokesperson for Lower Merion Township says the officer has been placed on desk duty pending the outcome of the investigation.