A retired police officer has been arrested on sex assault charges for a relationship he allegedly had with an underage girl.
Walter Sasse, 75, a 20-year Philadelphia police veteran most recently assigned to the mounted unit, was charged with nine crimes including unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors, sexual assault and indecent exposure. He was arrested last night and freed today after posting 10 percent of $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing was set for March 25.
Court records show the alleged assault occurred on June 1, 2011. But a police source said the charges stem from a long-term relationship that started when the girl, who he allegedly met at a horse stable, was 15. A police spokeswoman said she had no details and referred questions to the special-victims unit; a supervisor there has declined to release details.
After his retirement, Sasse managed Courtesy Stable in Fairmount Park. According to an online biography, Sasse is a U.S. Army veteran who worked in Philly's mounted police for 18 years and has ridden with its show and drill team.