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Prince George's officer indicted after allegedly taking upskirt photo of MPD officer

The accused officer, James Sims, has been working at the Hyattsville First Police District. ABC7's Brad Bell broke the story on Twitter Thursday. (Prince George's County police)

A Prince George's County officer has been indicted by a grand jury after allegedly taking an upskirt photo of an off-duty MPD officer and allegedly taking photos of women during traffic stops.

The accused officer, James Sims, has been working at the Hyattsville First Police District. ABC7's Brad Bell broke the story on Twitter Thursday.

According to Prince George's County officials, in June, Sims allegedly took an upskirt photo of a woman at a Sports Authority store in Bowie. The woman, who turned out to be an off-duty MPD officer, chased Sims out of the store before he allegedly jumped into his Prince George's County police cruiser and drove away.

The woman reportedly called the police after seeing Sims drive away, and Sims was brought in for questioning. When Sims was questioned, police say his phone had been wiped clean of photos. During their follow-up investigation, law enforcement sources say they found photos they believe he took of other women during traffic stops. According to law enforcement sources, they believe Sims pulled women over for traffic stops and then would take photos of them while hiding his camera phone under his ticket book.

"I will say as much as I regret having to come before the community to talk about this--this is the process working. This is our commitment to this community that when we find misconduct we're going to address it effectively, head-on and immediately and we will hold individuals who betray the trust of this community accountable," Prince George's Police Chief Hank Stawinski said.

More information on this story when it becomes available.

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