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CMPD officer, wife accused of child sex crimes appear in court

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A person who vowed to serve and protect is accused harming a child. A Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Officer and his wife, accused of sexually assaulting a child, are behind bars after making their first court appearance on Thursday.

Reginald Harris is accused of sexually abusing a young family member between 1999 and 2002. Detectives say his wife Dia Harris facilitated the crimes.

Police said Reginald Harris and Dia Harris sexually assaulted a family member. The alleged victim was not in court but other family members were in court for support.

Officer Reginald Harris or Rock was not in his blue police uniform instead he wore orange.  He's sitting in the Mecklenburg County Jail and appeared by video screen in court.  His wife Dia Harris appeared the same way before him.

Dia Harris' mother, sister, daughter and son begged the judge to lower her bond.  They left court emotional because they were unsuccessful.  The judge said that matter will be considered on August 18.

When Officer Harris sat before the judge the family was unsuccessful again.  He explained Mr. Harris' felony or charges are just below first degree murder and as the judge he must protect the public and assure Harris appears for future court hearings.

The family came to court with a bail bondsmen and declined to answer if they could afford to get out Reginald or Dia Harris, whose bonds are secured, his at $90,000 and hers is above $100,000.

Before the first appearances, the fiance of Dia Harris' daughter said he was there to support the family.  He said he was surprised about the accusations.  He's been a part of the family for two years and never heard anything.  He said the accusations are from years ago and he knew who was behind them.

Police will protect the alleged victim and will not reveal that person's name. WBTV will also not reveal that person's identity.

Reginald and Dia Harris were appointed a court lawyer.  Their bond hearings are scheduled for August 18 and probable cause hearings are August 27.

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