Former cop faces confinement, sexual battery charges

July 11, 2008 2:41:31 PM PDT
A former Merrillville police officer faces criminal charges for alleged confinement and sexual battery of a 16-year-old girl.Thirty-six-year-old Brian Harpp is accused of ordering the teen into his squad car and fondling her.

Harpp says he pulled the teen over for speeding and denies the girl ever got into his car.

If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison.

Harpp was fired by the Merrillville Police Department last year with no public explanation.