DOYLESTOWN, Pa. – A former police officer in Bucks County stands accused of sexually abusing four teenagers years ago, authorities said.
The Bucks County district attorney announced charges against James Carey, a former Warminster Township police officer, in a news conference Wednesday afternoon.
Carey is accused of sexually abusing four teenage boys while he worked as a D.A.R.E. officer 20 years ago, said a spokesperson for the DA’s office.
D.A.R.E., which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is a national program to teach kids to resist drugs and violence. Officers from local departments go around to schools to present the curriculum.
Carey, who retired from the department in 2009, was charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors, and official oppression. He faces a total of 122 counts.
Carey was a police officer for Warminster Township from 1989 to 2009, and previously and briefly worked for the North Wales Police Department in Montgomery County (June 1988 to August 1988) and the Warwick Township Police Department from July 1988 to May 1989.
“He was a veritable wolf in sheep’s clothing, walking among us,” said Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub.
Carey also worked with the Warminster Police Teen Activity Corps where he supervised teens at the township’s Rec Center and took teenage boys on overnight camping trips, ran the Fire Explorers program for the Warminster Township Fire Department and volunteered with the local Boy Scouts.
The arrest follows a lengthy investigation by Bucks County detectives and an investigating grand jury, officials said.
Carey was taken into custody and arraigned Wednesday. He is in Bucks County Correctional Facility under $100,000 bail.
He will face a preliminary hearing on April 22.