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Former Madison police officer arrested, accused of sexually assaulting teen

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Authorities arrested a former Madison police officer in Florida Wednesday for charges stemming from a series of sexual assaults of a 15-year-old girl which began in 2009.

Morris A. Reid, 56, was taken into custody in Florida, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

"It's remarkably disappointing that someone who we hired as a police officer to serve the community would do these sorts of things and violate that trust and victimize a member of our community," Acting Madison Police Chief Vic Wahl, said.

MPD's Special Victims Unit began investigating Reid in July after a local woman came forward and accused Reid of "a series of crimes" beginning in 2009, police said.

The woman said she was enticed into a years-long sexual relationship with Reid when she was 15.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim's family had a close connection to the South District Police Station.

She told investigators when Reid became the neighborhood officer they began spending time together and a relationship "snowballed".

The complaint goes into detail about the sexual nature of their contact, including texts, dozens of images classified as child pornography and "hundreds" of sexual assaults.

Investigators say that many of the assaults happened while Reid was on duty, in his squad car and at the south district police station.

She said she felt threatened and confined.

In the complaint she is quoted saying: "I never thought i could refuse the sex, I thought I was stuck with this. I really wanted to be a police officer..."

The girl, according to police, said Reid handcuffed her during "off-duty encounters."

"I'm heartened a little bit by the fact that this victim who endured some pretty horrible things, still had the faith and confidence, and trust, in the Madison Police Department to investigate this thoroughly," Wahl said.

Reid resigned from the force in 2013 after violating several MPD policies the year prior. The transgressions included alleged mishandling evidence, damaging property and once having "sexual contact" while on duty, according to authorities.

Police said the District Attorney's Office decided at the time not to prosecute Reid because they lacked the necessary proof.

The department said it was unaware of the assaults until the woman came forward earlier in the year.

Reid moved to Florida in 2017, where he was as of Thursday, as officials wait to extradite him back to Madison to face the charges.

He faces 7 felony charges including sexual assault of a child, child enticement and misconduct as a public officer