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Officer charged with sending nude pictures to 15-year-old

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis police officer has been charged with sending inappropriate pictures of himself to a minor.

Thursday, Officer Austin McDaniel, 25, was accused of emailing three nude pictures of himself to a 15-year-old girl.

McDaniel was charged with Solicitation Sexual Exploitation of a Minor – Exploitation of a Minor by Electronic Means.

According to an affidavit of complaint, McDaniel admitted to sending three photos via E-mail of himself in the nude with his genitals exposed.

Thursday afternoon, no one answered the door at McDaniel's Cordova apartment, hours he posted a $30,000 bond.

"I think that's horrible," said Memphian Grinda Ryan.

Ryan has a niece who's constantly receiving messages on her cell phone.

"But, you know, they've got access to so much technology now," said Ryan.  "It's hard for them not to get into these things," she added.

It's unclear how McDaniel's alleged victim received his naked pics or how they knew each other.  But Memphis Police say the sex crimes bureau was contacted Wednesday by the girl's family who said the officer might be involved in inappropriate activities with a minor.

"It's just extremely disappointing," said MPD Director Larry Godwin weeks ago concerning another recent arrest of an officer.

He did not issue a statement regarding the charges against McDaniel.  He's only been on the force since last summer and was most recently assigned to the Old Allen Station precinct.

The alleged victim's family had no comment.

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