Thursday, February 27, 2014

Former Officer Daniel Lanious Charged with Corruption of Minor

A former Carroll Valley Police officer has been accused of sending "flirtatious and sexual" text messages to a 13-year-old girl, police state in charging documents.

Daniel Lanious, 50, of South Middleton Township, Cumberland County, was charged with corruption of a minor, according to a police criminal complaint filed at District Justice Susan Day's office in Mount Holly Springs.

The teenager's mother told police that Lanious met her daughter in July 2013, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

The girl received a text message from Lanious out of nowhere, the affidavit states. The messages quickly became "flirtatious and sexual," the affidavit continues.

The girl said she believed Lanious obtained her cellphone number from her Facebook page, the affidavit states.

The girl told police Lanious often mentioned wanting to have sex with her, according to the affidavit. She said she played along to an extent, but was not as graphic as he was, the affidavit continues.

The messages reportedly stopped on Aug. 13, when the girl's mother caught the last text, which read, "I wish you were home. I wish you were on birth control. I have a condom," according to the affidavit.

The mother replied to the message and told Lanious she hoped he was not over 18 because her daughter is only 13, according to the affidavit.

A day or two later the mother was visited by Lanious' son, who asked the mother if she would be contacting police, the affidavit states.

During an interview with state police Trooper Matthew Johnston from the Carlisle barracks, Lanious admitted to sending sexual text messages to the 13-year-old girl, the affidavit states.

Lanious apologized repeatedly for his actions and admitted what he did was "very stupid," according to the affidavit.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Lanious on April 2 in front of Day. He is being represented by Gettysburg attorney Steve Rice. Rice declined to comment on the case until he has spoken further with his client.

"As a well respected law enforcement officer, it would be nice if people could give him the benefit of the doubt," Rice said.

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