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NYPD officer from the Bronx accused of sexually abusing 16-year-old girl who attended his church, police say

An NYPD officer from the Bronx was arrested Tuesday on charges he sexually abused a 16-year-old girl at a church where both worshipped, officials said.

Vladimir Sosa, 38, who had been assigned to the 46th Precinct, which covers the University Heights area, was arrested by Internal Affairs Bureau detectives on three counts of rape in the third degree, sex abuse in the third degree and other offenses, said an NYPD spokeswoman. Sosa was suspended without pay after he was arrested.

Police allege that Sosa had a relationship with the girl over a period of months after meeting her through the church, which officials didn't want to identify Tuesday night. Sosa played some role in the hierarchy of the church, but police were unable to say what his exact position was. On Feb. 20, the girl's parents went to police to report the relationship, triggering the investigation, said an NYPD spokesman.

Arraignment information wasn't available Tuesday night.

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