LAPD Officer Accused of Fondling Dead Woman's Breasts
An unnamed Los Angeles police officer is accused of fondling the breasts of a dead woman he and his partner discovered in an apartment. After it was determined the female was deceased and his partner went out to their squad car, the accused officer turned off his body camera, after which he allegedly committed the indecent act. Though the camera was officially off, there is a built-in mechanism that continues recording for two minutes.
According to a source familiar with the investigation, the incident occurred several weeks ago and was discovered during a random check of body-cam footage. He described the incident as “way beyond the pale” and “unacceptable.”
Assistant Chief Robert Arcos called the recording “very disturbing,” saying the LAPD expects “respect and reverence for the deceased.”
“If this allegation is true, then the behavior exhibited by this officer is not only wrong, but extremely disturbing, and does not align with the values we, as police officers, hold dear,” a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Protective League, declared. “This behavior has no place in law enforcement.”
The officer in question has been placed on leave while the investigation continues.
Sources: Jenn Gidman, Newser, December 4, 2019, and Madeline Holcombe, CNN, December 4, 2019.
Officer David Rojas Charged with Fondling Dead Woman's Breast Arrested
On Thursday (December 12), Officer David Rojas, 27, was charged with a felony violation of state safety codes, which prohibit “having sexual contact with human remains without authority,” according to a statement from the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. He was released on $20,000 bond.
“This incident is extremely disturbing and does not represent the values of the Los Angeles Police Department,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore told FOX 11 Los Angeles.
The LAPD is also reportedly investigating Rojas’s work history. The four-year veteran officer was placed on leave and stripped of his police powers last week during an internal investigation of the incident. He had been assigned to downtown’s Central Division.
“We hope that District Attorney Jackie Lacey charging Mr. Rojas for his vile alleged crime will bring some solace to the deceased woman’s family during their time of grieving,” the union’s board said in a statement. “His alleged behavior is abhorrent and an affront to every law enforcement professional working for the LAPD.”
Sources: Danielle Wallace, Fox News, December 13, 2019, and Aila Slisco, Newsweek, December 12, 2019.
On Thursday (December 12), Officer David Rojas, 27, was charged with a felony violation of state safety codes, which prohibit “having sexual contact with human remains without authority,” according to a statement from the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
So if he'd gotten permission from the proper California agency, it would have been OK for him to have "sexual contact with human remains"?