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Posted at 4:23 PM ET, 08/ 7/2010

Officer indicted on charges of taping teen

By Washington Post Editors

A Laurel city police corporal has been indicted on charges that he secretly videotaped his girlfriend's teenage daughter in her bedroom.

Charging documents say 37-year-old Edward Charles Schmitt hid a video camera in the girl's bedroom closet and taped her from August 2009 to February 2010. He is also accused of photographing himself performing a lewd act Schmitt is charged with one count of sexual abuse of a minor, two counts of visual surveillance and one count of camera surveillance.

Laurel police said in a statement Friday that Schmitt had been suspended since Howard County officers began investigating the case in May.

--Baltimore Sun

By Washington Post Editors  | August 7, 2010; 4:23 PM ET
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I see meat and potatoes in this man's future. Mostly meat.

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | August 7, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

I've seen some mighty big spuds, which, if I understand you correctly, might be equally well deserved.

Posted by: gannon_dick | August 7, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

If, instead of videotaping the private moments of this girl, the officer had simply taped the girl's mouth shut, he'd likely have had the support of every third parent in America.

Posted by: Martial | August 7, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Assuming he actually goes to jail, and if in jail he's not in protective custody or in some minimum-security place where there's little risk of being assaulted by violent inmates.

The irony is that the guys who are real targets are going to get protection, leaving most of the jail population to suffer in their wake.

Posted by: dubya1938 | August 7, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

My bet is that this guy will walk, that he'll get probation and a lot of finger-wagging and tut-tutting.

Posted by: reporter1 | August 7, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Ewwwwwwww! I guess he'd never been caught before he underwent the pre-employment background check for the police department. Double ICK NAST!!!!

Posted by: LBinVA | August 7, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Was this guy suspended with or without pay? Are the taxpayers going to pay for his legal bills? Why can't the Post answer some basic questions?

Posted by: bobbo2 | August 8, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

He's a cop so he'll get just a slap on wrist...if even that.

Posted by: checkered1 | August 8, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Cop AND issue with minor child AND likes to take pictures of his uglies- bad trifecta if he ends up in jail.

Posted by: dcdoug | August 8, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

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