A former police lieutenant has been charged with rape and other sex crimes after the SBI investigated allegations against the officer.
Lt. Andres Snape, Jr. was arrested Wednesday by SBI agents. He was charged in Hertford County with seven counts each of statutory rape, indecent liberties with a child and statutory sexual offenses.
Ahoskie Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh says he contacted the SBI when he received the original complaint. Lt. Snape was placed on administrative leave with pay and the chief says less than two weeks later the SBI had completed its investigation and Snape was fired from his job.
The SBI says the victim was between 13 and 15 years old.
Town Manager Tony Hammond says Snape was a police officer for nine years. Hammond says Snape was promoted to the rank of lieutenant within the past six months and was fired Wednesday, the same day he was arrested.
Snape's bond was set at $1,000,000 and his first appearance is Friday in Hertford County.