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Former CMPD officer facing child sex charges could collect retirement benefits

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Reginald Harris and his wife, Dia, are out on bond after being charged with a slew of child sex crimes. Harris could also start collecting his state retirement benefits very soon, if not already.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police say the couple victimized a young family member several times between 1999 and 2002.

Harris is a 26-year veteran of the force and worked in the North Tryon Division.

CMPD says the investigation began July 3, and that Harris was aware of the criminal allegations. He filed paperwork for retirement benefits on July 15.

WBTV obtained an internal email to all CMPD employees saying Harris's retirement was effective August 1, five days before his arrest.

The date is important because CMPD arrested Harris on August 6, and said at the time, he was on unpaid leave. Technically, he was already retired.

CMPD says their Public Affairs Department did not become aware of the retirement until a couple days after their press briefing on Harris's arrest.

If convicted of the felonies, Harris could lose his state retirement benefits, according to state statute. He could be paid while charges are pending. It's possible the state could act to recoup some of the benefits potentially paid out.

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