MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA – A Montgomery police officer is accused of having a sexual encounter with a minor while acting in an official capacity, the Montgomery Public Safety Department announced Thursday.
Will Owens Jr., 34, was arrested about 7:30 p.m. Thursday night. He is charged with second-degree sexual abuse and enticing a child to enter a vehicle, house, etc., for immoral purposes.
Owens also resigned Wednesday night, although it was unclear whether it was before or after his arrest. He since has been released on bond from the Montgomery County Detention Facility.
The sexual abuse charge is a Class A misdemeanor, and the enticing a child charge is a Class C felony.
The Montgomery Police Department received allegations against Owens in early February and asked the Alabama Department of Investigation to investigate, Montgomery Public Safety Director Christopher Murphy said.
The Police Department hired Owens in October 2008 and assigned him to the patrol division.
Murphy said he could not provide further details about what Owens is accused of, citing the ABI investigation.
State Department of Public Safety officials could not immediately provide additional information.