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FOX19 Investigates: Father of sexting victim feels betrayed

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Inside his family's home, the father of the girl mentioned in the indictment against Cincinnati police officer Darrell Beavers told FOX19 Tuesday afternoon that his daughter was the victim of someone they both thought was a "trustworthy figure." But the girl's dad says he got a weird feeling when he looked at the texts from Officer Beavers on his daughter's phone.

He reported what he found to higher-ups in District 3 and they turned the investigation over to Internal Affairs. Prosecutors say what investigators uncovered were "nude photographs" of the girl who got to know Officer Beavers through the Police Explorers program.

FOX19 met the girl today. She had on her Explorers uniform and was about to head-out to meet the group this afternoon. She is not quitting the program because she wants a career in law enforcement. She told FOX19 she'll get through this.

Her dad supports her staying in the Explorers' group so that she learns to overcome obstacles.

"She was misled by someone that knew better," he said. "She was misled by someone that, you know, talked to her and said it's going to be ok."

The girl's father says he had met Officer Beavers in person and thought he was a good guy. He now feels betrayed.

"He was inappropriate," he said, "prying her. Prying her for information. Prying her for photos."

He soon added, "He got into her mind."

He does not believe, based on what he's learned and what Internal Affairs told him, that he daughter was ever at the fake police substation prosecutors accuse Officer Beavers of setting-up at an apartment. He believes he intervened in time to prevent physical, sexual contact between the two.

As for Officer Beavers, he's scheduled to appear in court for the first time in this case on Friday. At the arraignment, a judge will formally announce the charges against Beavers, who could face 8 ½ years in prison if he's convicted on all the counts: four charges involving nude photographs of a minor, tampering with evidence, and theft. The tampering with evidence charge stems from investigator's belief that Beavers destroyed a cell phone when he learned of the investigation. The theft charge relates to Cincinnati Police-owned night vision goggles that investigators recovered from the fake police substation.

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