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Indictment: Ex-officer offered ‘free passes’ for sex, photos

September 4, 2020 GMT

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina police officer accused of soliciting nude photos and sex in exchange for “free passes” during possible law enforcement encounters has been indicted on felony bribery charges.

Former Wrightsville Beach officer Shaun Patrick Appler surrendered to New Hanover County authorities Wednesday after a grand jury charged the 48-year-old with two counts of bribery by a public official, news outlets reported.

State agents began investigating Appler last November after a young woman told prosecutors Appler approached her with the proposal in 2019 when he was a police sergeant, WECT-TV reported.

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Appler’s attorney, Woody White, declined to comment on the specific allegations. He said the former officer had been on the job for nearly 20 years.

Wrightsville Beach Police Chief David Squires said in a statement that members of the department would “work tirelessly” to “hold ourselves accountable in all regards to the highest standards.”

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