CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Charlotte-Mecklenburg school police officer has been charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor.
Officer William Stitt, 62, was charged following an investigation that began Monday. Police say Stitt inappropriately touched and fondled a child on August 7.
Officials said the victim is not someone Stitt would have come into contact with as part of his job.
According to the CharMeck.org website, Stitt was resource officer at Berryhill K-8 School on Windy Grove Road in Charlotte.
WBTV spoke with parents near the school on Wednesday. Wendy Garrett was unaware of the fact that Stitt had been charged.
"It scares me to death," Garrett said. "I really don't understand why law enforcement, people who are supposed to be protecting us, would do something like that to our children."
Stitt was turned over to the Mecklenburg Sheriff's Office after being questioned by detectives. He has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the charges.
Stitt became a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer in 1977 and retired in July, 2005. He was hired shortly after as a school police officer.
"Right now, I'm just like, my son is with me now, I love him to death and I want to make sure he has the best education he can get and be secure at the same time," Garrett told WBTV.
CMS would not comment on the investigation.
Anyone with information concerning this case or the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.