Officer David Rojas, a four-year veteran of the division, was arrested by inside affairs investigators Thursday morning. The Los Angeles District Legal professional’s workplace filed prices of “sexual contact with stays recognized to be human,” in accordance with the Los Angeles Police Division.
Prosecutors say he faces one felony depend. LAPD says the allegations have been dropped at the division’s consideration throughout the investigation of a lady who died of an overdose and that the division realized concerning the allegation on Nov. 20.
Rojas, who labored with LAPD’s Central Division, had gone with a accomplice to a demise investigation at a house on Oct. 20. At one level throughout the investigation, the officer’s accomplice had left the room.
Sources say the officer turned off the recording on his physique camera after which lifted the sheet off the woman’s physique and allegedly started feeling her nipples and fondling her breasts.
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He later turned the physique camera recording again on. However the cameras utilized by the division have a video buffering that saves footage going again for 2 minutes previous to the recording perform being activated.
A detective who was later reviewing bodycam video for the investigation noticed the fondling on video and reported him in November.
The officer was pulled from the sphere and assigned to dwelling responsibility after this incident got here to mild, in accordance with LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein.
In an announcement, Chief Michel Moore known as the incident “extraordinarily disturbing,” including that it doesn’t signify the values of the division.
The union representing LAPD sworn officers says it won’t defend 27-year-old Rojas throughout his legal proceedings.
Rojas’ bail has been set at $20,000 with a courtroom date pending.
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