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Retired cop arrested for sex assault of teenager

A retired police officer has been arrested on sex assault charges fora relationship he allegedly had with an underage girl.

Retired cop arrested for sex assault of teenager

Walter Sasse
Walter Sasse

A retired police officer has been arrested on sex assault charges for a relationship he allegedly had with an  underage girl.

Walter Sasse, 75, a 20-year Philadelphia police veteran most recently assigned to the mounted unit, was charged with nine crimes including unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors, sexual assault and indecent exposure. He was arrested last night and freed today after posting 10 percent of $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing was set for March 25.

Court records show the alleged assault occurred on June 1, 2011. But a police source said the charges stem from a long-term relationship that started when the girl, who he allegedly met at a horse stable, was 15. A police spokeswoman said she had no details and referred questions to the special-victims unit; a supervisor there has declined to release details. 

After his retirement, Sasse managed Courtesy Stable in Fairmount Park. According to an online biography, Sasse  is a U.S. Army veteran who worked in Philly's mounted police for 18 years and has ridden with its show and drill team.

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