As part of their job responsibilities, police officers come into contact with a variety of different people every day. Unfortunately, they can also become the target of criminal accusations. For example, two police officers in California were recently arrested on criminal charges, one accused of sex crimes due to his alleged relationship with a teenager.
While charges were only filed against two men, prosecutors say they plan to announce charges against five others soon. One of the two recent arrests resulted from an officer who allegedly failed to report child abuse. Officials claim that the victim, now 19, informed the man, a family friend, that she had sexual encounters with officers while she was underage. The man allegedly failed to report the claims.
The other man charged, a 49-year-old, is facing accusations due to his alleged relationship with the same teenger. He is accused of performing lewd acts, engaging in prostitution and given alcohol to a minor. Authorities claim that on one occasion, he picked the teenager up and had dinner with her. Afterward they had a sexual encounter.
Prosecutors say they had to wait to file charges until the alleged victim returned from out of state. She reportedly attended a rehabilitation facility in Florida due to drug abuse but wound up in jail, accused of assaulting a guard. A plea deal recently allowed her to return to California.
The accusations made against the officers are extremely serious. As some are expected to be charged with felonies and have already lost their jobs as a result, they likely want to ensure that they have the best possible defense. By having an experienced professional on their side, they can ensure that they are prepared to make informed decisions regarding the sex crimes and other accusations they are facing.
Source: Livermore, Ca. Patch, "DA Files Charges Against Former Livermore Officer to be Prosecuted Sexual Exploitation Scandal", Sept. 17, 2016