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Philadelphia cop accused of abducting teen, forcing her to watch sex with prostitute

A Philadelphia cop was arrested over allegations that he abducted a 14-year-old girl, sexually assaulted her and made her watch him have sex with a prostitute.

Police found Anthony Dattilo, 36, at a motel in the Bensalem area of the city Wednesday while responding to a possible abduction, according to the Bucks County Courier Times.

Dattilo, a 12-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, is reportedly in custody at the Bucks County prison on $500,000 bail.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said the officer is "under investigation for a sexual assault."

"He was immediately removed from the street, as we would normally do, and then they informed us ... that they had secured a warrant and they were going to pick him up, which they did," he added.

Ramsey said the officer faces several charges, adding that "we'll immediately begin the process now of removing him from our force."

The police chief continued, "It's always unfortunate because whenever it happens with a police officer, it's not just an individual who's being arrested. I mean, it casts a bad shadow on an entire police department, and that's something I could do without, quite frankly ... It's disappointing, but we don't need people like this in our ranks. There's just no excuse for it."

The officer told the judge who arraigned him that he is the sole caregiver for his two sick parents, but the judge said the charges were more serious than his parents' situation.

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