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LEO Stages Fake Arrest of Daughter's Would-Be Romeo

LEO Stages Fake Arrest of Daughter's Would-Be Romeo

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San Francisco Chronicle via YellowBrix

September 27, 2010

SAN JOSE, CA – Most fathers would have taken him aside for a quiet chat.

But when one police officer found out a 15-year-old boy had slept with his 14-year-old step-daughter, he took things a little bit further.

The unnamed California motorcycle cop went round to the youth’s house in uniform and staged a fake arrest, claiming that he was being detained for sexual assault.

As his parents looked on, the officer handcuffed the boy and gave him a five-minute dressing down about his conduct before letting him go.

The policeman has now been put on administrative leave whilst an internal investigation and a district attorney probe are carried out.

The case has echoes of the 2000 comedy ‘Meet the Parents’ in which Robert De Niro plays a retired FBI officer who quizzes the man who wants to marry his daughter on every aspect of his personal life.

But this real-life version has divided opinion as to whether or not the officer went too far or was just doing what most fathers in his position would do.

The officer drove to the boy’s house on his police motorbike and went inside where mobile phone footage taken by one of the boy’s parents shows him standing in the middle of the room lecturing the youth.

On the footage the officer says to the boy: ‘It does not bode well for you. Do you know what that means? No?

‘Not a good thing that the person you had sex with is a cop’s daughter. The district attorney will probably file charges.’

The family’s lawyer said the officer’s behaviour amounted to ‘scared straight’ tactics that went too far.

‘He made comments like, ‘You don’t mess with a cop’s daughter.’ That’s a show of authority, that’s inappropriate,’ attorney Tony Boskovich said.

‘Applying force, applying handcuffs, threatening the young man with things such as rape in prison.

‘He acted like a cowboy. He lost it, he came in and he abused his authority.’

Lawyers for the policeman have suggested that the boy’s parents were complicit either by giving their permission or doing nothing to stop the tirade.

Attorney Terry Bowman said: ‘At no time did you hear the parents of the young man objecting, getting upset, crying. So the video is absolutely exculpatory from the cop’s perspective,’ she said.

‘The officer was essentially invited to use ‘scare straight’ tactics, and there were no objections to the lecture or the handcuffing.

‘Everything was done in the spirit of reaching a troubled young man who is heading down the wrong path.’

She added that early in the video the boy’s stepfather advises his handcuffed son: ‘Use your head. Think about what he is talking to you about. Listen to his words. Replay them in your head.’\

The boy’s parents filed a complaint with the police and both the boy and the girl were cited for unlawful sexual intercourse.

The misdemeanour, for minors who are close in age and have consensual sex, is rarely prosecuted.

None of the adults have been identified to protect the identities of the two minors.

San Jose Police Department spokesman Sgt. Ronnie Lopez said the officer may have violated some of the force policies which relate to conduct involving personal feelings and policing ones own neighbourhood, but could not comment further.

Should the district attorney file criminal charges the officer could face jail for false imprisonment.

  • Me_prone_max50


    over 1 year ago


    Should the officer be disciplined, YES

    Should charges be pressed by him as one of the parents involved, YES
    but that must include against his own daughter!

    The fact that these charges are rarely ever pressed by the DA speaks volumes about how the American society has declined.

  • Erin222_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Maybe they just played a video game interpreting know, kids and technology these days. On a side note though....some of the things the officer said in the video are pretty weird. I had to replay it a few times to make sure I was even hearing it right...even with the words on the screen. Talking about his daughter's feminine business and stuff?....kinda odd. Obviously the parents didn't put a stop to it because they were too busy secretly taping him to get him in trouble.

  • Juggernaut___max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Nothing would have come of the situation if the patents wouldn't have filed a complaint. Should have said something at the time. That crap makes me sick. Try to be your buddy when you are there, then spit on you when you turn your back! I agree that the officer maybe went a little far, but no one said "no" the whole time he was there.

  • Me_max600_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    The silver lining in this case is that kids these days still knows and practices something old-fashioned like hanky-panky, aside from texting and video-chats.

    In this case, the human touch is still desirable. LOL.

  • Draped_badge_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Bottom line you never do anything personal in uniform.....As for the parenting aspect, I have 2 boys and the things that the girls initiate is way more bothersome to me nowadays...I raised mine to respect women and they do. But seems like most of the parents out there are clueless..I've heard you can do this and go there together, we trust you. We raised you right, we know your not doing anything when you go away for the weekend..Dopes!!!!

  • Pug_max600_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Better for a Daddy-Daughter talk. She needs to make that decision.

  • Img_0103_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Thanks...!!!!!!!...."The Sarge"

  • Red_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    the officers judgement was foggy who's - wouldnt when your family is involvedand you were given concent to use scare tactics. Shame on the parents for doing the complaint... wow

  • 1051193310_l_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Sounds like he was holding his kid responsible too, but that being said, I know how my agency would react and it would not bode well for me.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    I understand you saying the teens should have been better supervised; however, that fact of the matter is that you cannot supervise your kids 24/7. You do your job as a parent and raise them the best possible way you can, showing them right from wrong and then you hope they choose the right path. Apparently these kids chose the wrong path.

  • Eow_normal_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    It is not false imprisonment, it is merely a detention. A funny one at that. Did he go too far? I think not. The kid shouldn't have had sex with the girl and vice versa. The teens should have had better supervision as well.

  • 800px-gadsden_flag


    almost 4 years ago


    I think this is another example of why law enforcement officers get a bad reputation. It's not the cases of blatant corruption, but these more subtle cases of "noble cause" corruption or inappropriate use of police power that cause the most trouble in maintaining the public trust. I understand why this officer was upset - good Lord knows I would be too. That said, he completely overstepped his authority as a police officer and used his position and power to manipulate a situation for his own personal benefit. The law grants law enforcement officers with a tremendous amount of power and with that comes the ethical obligation of treating that power with respect and proper restraint. When cops overstep their boundaries, the public pays attention, and it's the seemingly harmless acts (speeding without cause, "red and blue make green" instead of sitting through a red light, taking free food, stretching the truth a bit on a report) cause the most damage. In other words, I assure you that citizens will look at this and rationalize that if a cop will abuse their power like this, why wouldn't they do it to get an arrest in a real crime. Folks, we always need to remember our ethics because when those are flexible, we have no credibility with the public.

  • Lady_jessie_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    "killer_ass........assin" is gone as well as counter comments to his comments.

  • Image_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    He brings Troll and we bring the bake...

  • Img_0103_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    "BUMP" RAMBO_911....!!!!!!!!

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