Ex-SC officer released pending trial in photo case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former South Carolina police officer has been released from custody while awaiting trial on charges that he sent explicit photos of himself to a 13-year-old Iowa girl.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Ross Walters in Des Moines approved the release of 30-year-old Andrew Haney under several conditions Friday, which include having no contact with the alleged victim.

Authorities say Haney was a West Columbia police officer when he met the girl through a social media website last month. They say they identified Haney after he sent the girl a photo with his police badge with the state seal visible in the photo. He’s charged with transferring obscene materials to a minor.

West Columbia’s police chief has said Haney has been fired.

A public defender representing Haney didn’t immediately return a message.

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