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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.

  • Sf_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    to much

  • Cedma19577060-0001_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I agree with most of you guys. I believe the officer step out on that fine line where this wasn't a good decission. Even though we understand his point it wasn't the best way to convey it to the teens involved. But nevertheless, I don't think he should be terminated...Reprimanded or suspended..Yes,but not terminated. And I'm wondering like "kweikman" was the boys parents in on the scare and turned the officer in for publicity.

  • Female_bodysurfer_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    This makes me sad. So great is his love for his daughter, this father put his job on the line. The officer issues a warning of the legal consequences. He admonishes the boy to get his grades in school. You can hear the pain in his voice. As a police officer, he overstepped his authority. As a father, he acted to protect. As both officer and father, he did the boy a service. The boy's family needs to step up and do the right thing.

  • White_shirt_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Write is up and let someone else handle it. He may be unemployed once the investigation is concluded. Common sense goes a long ways in our business.

  • 180px-chp_4th_gen_camaro_in_traditional_colors_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Yep....went a little too far on this one.

  • Heores_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    My question here is how the parents thought to use a cell phone to record video of the 'arrest' if they weren't already tipped off to what was going to happen with their son. If I was a parent and a uniformed officer came to my door to arrest my child, the first thought to enter my brain would not be to record the situation.

  • Star6_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I guess my issue is why WASN'T he arrested? It is a FELONY for what that punk ass kid did and well he should have been arrested!!!!! Why didn't that kid's parents deal with the issue? I believe that the officer shouldn't have done what he did in uniform and he should be disciplined for that, but damn...15 and 14?

  • Pro_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Wow..... I see where there may of been a violation in policy, and yes, maybe the peace officer did abuse his powers, a little bit, but all in all, this seems like the most appropriate way lecture a child of this age. I think had the Peace Officer got on the same page with the parents, and had the parents permission to do this, there probably wouldn't of have been an issue. I think that had the parents not let him do this, he should of just charged him.

  • Absolutelawenf_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Im not sure how to take this. The artice is a little confusing in that they say the parents knew about it and there were no objections etc etc invited to use scared straight tactics on a troubled youth. I too have two daughter and can see how and why the officer would and did do what he did and i have had parents ask me to do similar things....although i had no personal involvement like in this case.

  • Images_max160_sq90_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I guess this is toward CSP067....I don't know....

    I think that the officer wore his uniform so that he could remind himself NOT to go too far. If he arrived, plain-clothes, he could of lost track of what he really wanted to accomplish there. In this case, he probably arrived in a squad car and everything... Sometimes wearing the uniform is a constant reminder to one's self about what can and can not be done as a LEO.
    "This is, of course, my opinion....and not the views of the broadcasting network"

  • Pl_avatar_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Responding to PDexplorer: If he goes to the house in civilian clothes, is welcomed onto the property, does not represent himself as a cop but only as a parent, no handcuffs, no arrest, no threats ..... no problem. But he was in uniform, on a department vehicle, and he put the kid under arrest, regardless of his intentions. Big trouble, and exposure to actions by the boy's parents as well.

  • L_59fe72e99fa891e59f62e6ceb62eca88_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I think this officer had the best of intentions, I think his message got through. But, it's still a fart in church.

  • Policebadge2_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Now lets say the officer was off duty. ( even tho no officer is ever off-duty) If he would have done this in plain clothes and informed him of what could happen rather then put the kid in cuffs, would the officer still be wrong/getting in trouble with his department?

  • Pl_avatar_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Nope, no good. Best of intentions, we all understand the reasons, but he's in a world of excrement for that scenario. In my state, you tell someone they're under arrest and/or handcuff them, they gotta go before a judge, no matter what. And this was a juvenile. Hope he can keep his job.

  • Sheriff_3_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I have two daughters and can see why every father may want to do this but this is not the way. As an officer we need to maintain our professionalism, our anger and do what is right. I hope all works out for all parties involved here.

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