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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.

  • Fire_station_010_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Thats just a case of the boys parents seeing an opportunity to get money out of the city and the Police Dept. Nothing more!! GOOD JOB OFFICER, I would have to say that if I were in his shoes, I'd probably done the same thing. Iwould like to wish you good luck in this I'm behind you!!

  • Att2307142_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    if a ploliceman is in your home arresting your son, as the parents believed. if you interferred with the arrest, you could be arrested. the officer was wrong. he lectured the boy about doing the right thing while the officer was doing the wrong thing.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    this is why I am hoping I dont have a daughter....

  • Flowers_20_234__max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Maybe he did go a little too far,abusing his authority, but kudos to him, he stood up for his step-daughter, whereas the boy's parents did nothing

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    The parents had to have been in on it since they never said anything. If that was my son of course he would have been spoken to but I would have never allowed an officer to do that in my own home. I have an adult daughter now and I use to speak to all her boyfriends. But on the flip side I have 3 boys as well, I hope I am raising them right so an issue like this never comes to my door.

  • Battering-ram-full_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Mixed feelings, I understand as a father why he feels the way he did. But I believe there could have been a different way to handle it and had gotten the message across lound n clear

  • P3_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    i get why he is mad i have a daughter my self. I dont know about showing up in uniform... would have had a brother with the local PD or SO do this for me. Good luck brother hope it goes right for you

  • Chase_9-11-08b_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Considering that most fathers, even myself would have a hard time not wanting to throttle the kids...LOL...but I think he thought about this, I like the tactic, and I think it makes a point more so then other ways that some would have dealt with it. The parents apparently were on board, wether they were told of this before hand or not...they kept incouraging the officer with their comments...I commend him, and don't think he should be the most, maybe a week of desk duty or something

  • Images_max160_sq90_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Sorry folks, but I have to give a thumbs up for him. I know what he did was wrong, but he could of taken it to a level where there was no coming back.

  • Images_max160_sq90_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I can understand his anger, but it must be hard to separate personal family issues from business issues. I mean, being a police officer is not a popularity contest. I hope he doesn't lose his job. No real harm was done. It's just a scared straight situation.

  • Thinker_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    No excuse for this. Maybe the officer should be lecturing his step-daughter and let the boy's parents lecture him...

  • 1979_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Can't say I really blame him but he should not have done this UNLESS he had written permission from the parents before he did this. Even then, I am not sure it would legally be a good idea. Me personally, I would have had him charged and done my best to scare the living hell out of him AND the daughter!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    he should have just kicked the kids butt

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