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Ex-Phoenix PD officer facing charges for sex with minor

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Former PPD Officer Justin LaClere, 32, arrested on charges of having sex with a minor. Former PPD Officer Justin LaClere, 32, arrested on charges of having sex with a minor.
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A Phoenix police officer was arrested by Scottsdale police Friday afternoon for allegedly having sex with a minor on Tuesday.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said Justin LaClere, 32, was released from jail later Friday and resigned Friday night after seven years with the Phoenix Police Department.

LaClere is charged with luring a minor and sexual conduct with minor.

According to court documents given to CBS 5 News by a source, Scottsdale police became aware of LaClere's alleged misconduct with a 17-year-old girl on Thursday, Jan. 16.

Scottsdale police said LaClere met the 17-year-old through a cell phone application called Whisper. The app allows users to anonymously upload pictures with text written across them. Other users on the app can "like" the images, comment and private message other users.

Court paperwork states the 17-year-old victim uploaded a picture of a baby with the text, "I want to get pregnant, but I'm only a teen," written across the image.

Police said the 17-year-old victim then engaged in a private conversation with another user with the username of Jason69er.

According to police, the very first message from Jason69er asked the for the girl's age, and she replied by saying she was 17.

On Monday, the victim received a message from Jason69er through the Whisper app saying, "I've wanted a young pregnant GF," according to court paperwork.

As the conversation continued, police said LaClere told the girl he was 32 and asked her if that was OK.

The teenager replied, "IDK I'd be worried my dad would call the cops and have you arrested for sleeping with a minor since I'm not of legal age to sleep with you."

Court papers state LaClere sent the girl pictures, including one of LaClere wearing a dark blue uniform with Phoenix PD patches on the shoulders.

On Tuesday, papers state LaClere reinitiated a conversation with the victim while she was on the school bus, asking her if she would be able to get away after school to meet him and have sex. Police said the victim agreed to the plan.

Court papers specifically state that on Tuesday afternoon LaClere arrived at the victim's home address in Scottsdale, and the pair immediately went into her bedroom. Police said when they spoke with the teenage victim, she immediately identified LaClere as the man she had sex with.

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