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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WCNC) -- A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer has been arrested, accused of possessing images of juvenile girls he allegedly obtained through the use of a photographic imaging device.

Authorities arrested Officer Thomas E. Allen on Wednesday and charged him with four counts of secretly using a photographic imaging device to view another's body or undergarments and four counts of possessing photographic images in violation of the peeping statute.

CMPD says the charges stem from an administrative and criminal investigation launched in October 2013. The investigation, police say, revealed that Allen photographed and possessed four images of juvenile females as they participated in activities during two CMPD High School Academy events in 2011 and 2013.

CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon that Allen took pictures of the girls while they were working out, and the girls were unaware of the photographs.

The photos were taken through the victims' clothing during physical training and allegedly captured portions of their undergarments without their consent. The juvenile victims were fully clothed when they were photographed, police say.

CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon that Allen took pictures of the girls while they were working out, and the girls were unaware of the photographs.

Allen, who was hired in March 1996, has been cited for termination. Allen most recently worked with CMPD's Recruiting Division of the Police Training Academy.

Eleven full time detectives have been assigned to the case, police say. So far, investigators have reviewed thousands of photos on Allen's home and work computers. A forensic investigation was conducted to determine if ever child pornography was present on the computers. As of now, police say there's no evidence of child pornography on Allen's computers.

Allen's mug shot was not available at the time this article was posted. Chief Monroe says as of 1:30 Wednesday afternoon, Allen was being interviewed at CMPD headquarters.

NBC Charlotte asked several of Allen's coworkers their thoughts on the arrest. Here are their anonymous responses:

"It's disappointing."

"It's embarrassing."

He had to be very cautious." (To get away with this as long as he did)

"This is a personal defect on his part….it makes you sick as a parent, as someone who cares for the community, it's a gut punch."

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