Former Philadelphia police officer charged with attempt to lure child in Roxborough [updated]

The Philadelphia Police Department arrested a former Philadelphia police officer on Thursday in connection to the attempted luring of a child in Roxborough.


On Oct. 17, at 12:30 p.m., an eight-year-old girl was walking in the 7000 block of Voigt Road when a man approached her and attempted to lure her into his vehicle.

After an investigation, the male was identified as Leo Haley, a 72-year-old male from the 4300 block of Lauriston Street.

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Haley was arrested on Thursday and is charged with unlawful restraint, terroristic threats, luring a child into a vehicle, and harassment. According to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, Haley was arraigned Thursday night and bail was set at $1 million. 

Haley has a sizable arrest record. In 2010, he was charged with six counts of disseminating images of child sex acts, and almost 50 counts each of child pornography and criminal dissemination of a communication facility.

Haley was found guilty on four of the child pornography counts, and received four sentences of six months each. According to court records, he received seven years of probation in March of 2011.

Haley, who according to reports joined the Philadelphia Police Department in 1970 and retired at the rank of inspector. He was promoted to inspector in 1992 following a lawsuit charging that he and seven other department officials were unfairly passed over for promotion.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 27.

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