A Phoenix police officer has been arrested on accusations that he had sexual relationships with two teenage boys, AZfamily.com reports.
Christopher J. Wilson, a 13-year veteran of the Phoenix police force, is accused of having sex with two boys, ages 14 and 17. He's facing ten counts of sexual conduct with a minor.
Wilson served as the department's community liaison to the Valley's LGBT community. It was in that role that Wilson reportedly met the two boys.
Wilson would allegedly bring the boys to his home for sex. His relationship with the 17-year-old victim lasted for about three months, according to authorities. His relationship with the 14-year-old victim ended after three weeks, when the boy told his parents. Wilson was arrested on Tuesday.
While police have reported that the boys engaged in the sexual acts willingly, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery reminded the public that there's no such thing as a consensual relationship between an adult and a minor.
"If [they] are under 18 and you're over 18 and you engage in sexual conduct, it is against the law," Montgomery said.
Under Arizona's criminal code, any adult who intentionally or knowingly has sexual intercourse or oral sex with anyone under the age of 18 can be charged with sexual conduct with a minor. If the victim was under the age of 15 at the time of the incident, as is the case here, it's a class 2 felony and is punishable by 13 to 27 years in prison.
If convicted, as both a former cop and a child molester, Christopher J. Wilson would be quite popular among prison inmates. Wilson is currently in jail. He's ineligible for release because of the nature of the alleged crimes.
- Phoenix officer accused in sex misconduct with teens (The Arizona Republic)
- Sex Offenders and Sex Offenses (FindLaw)
- Sexual Assault (FindLaw)
- Sonoran Sky Teacher Arrested for Sexually Abusing Student (FindLaw's Phoenix Criminal Law Blog)