According to reports from police officials, the Los Angeles Police Department has started an administrative investigation of an officer accused of sexually assaulting a minor.
LAPD reports that the officer, who has not been identified, has been allotted to stay home while the investigation continues. Further inquiries were directed to Torrance Police Department, which is investing the case by Authorities.
Torrance police would only affirm that they are investigating the sexual assault of a minor.
“The suspect will not be identified at this time, as this could compromise the investigation,” said Torrance police Sgt. Ronald Harris. “No arrests have been made and the Torrance police department has and will continue to work alongside the district attorney’s office in this case.” (www.latimes.com)
According to reports, the investigation includes the affirmed sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl. The station likewise reported that the officer was employed by the LAPD in October 1995 and was involved in a police fatal shooting in 2009.
The investigation comes right after a series of arrests of LAPD officers. According to authorities, an off-duty officer was arrested on April 24 at a San Diego County checkpoint after Border Patrol agents found two men in his car who were in the country illegally. Mambasse Patara, 42-year-old officer allotted to the LAPD’s South Traffic Division later pleaded not guilty to federal charges of transporting people who were in the country illegally.
Officer John Bailey was arrested and charged with workers’ compensation fraud the same day, the LAPD said. Bailey, 43, was assigned to the department’s Van Nuys Division.
On April 27, LAPD Cmdr. Nicole Mehringer was booked by Glendale police on suspicion of being intoxicated in public. James Kelly, who is listed as a sergeant in LAPD records, was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Glendale police Sgt. Dan Suttles said Mehringer was not cited and won’t be charged. Mehringer, who is identified on the LAPD website as Nicole Alberca, is one of 20 commanders in the 10,000-officer LAPD, reporting directly to Chief Charlie Beck. Beck promoted her to a commander in March 2017, placing her in charge of the department’s employee relations group.