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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.


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    Hudzilla68

    almost 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    Good father but not the smartest thing to do in uniform.

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    caleigh1989

    almost 4 years ago

    184 Comments

    Honestly, I am glad the officer did what he did, maybe now that kid will grow up properly. 15 yrs old, and sleeping with a 14 yr...ha! Defiinatley a good father!!!! I agree with Stiv87...Kudos to the Officer!

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    436

    almost 4 years ago

    574 Comments

    Althought as I father I appreciate where he was coming from, as a cop you can't do this. If he wanted this dealt with, he should have met with the other parents out of his police capacity and dealt with it that way as a caring father. Hopefully he'll just get a reprimand and be back out there doing his job.

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    zips

    almost 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    In CA, he doesn't need probable cause to make the arrest. Because they are under 18 he only needs reasonable suspicion to effect the arrest.

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    Luckee_SaTx

    almost 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    Better yet, he did abuse his authority. Knowing he had no probable cause to make and arrest bacause both parties are underage. Although he could have for trespassing, but welcomed by a resident. There are so many mixed signals here.

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    Luckee_SaTx

    almost 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    Idk, isn't that harrasment? Funny and logical, he loves and cares for the protection of his daughter. Povresita...lol!

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    Stiv87

    almost 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    NO..... I think we need more people like him to be officers as well as fathers. I give him a big thumbs up and a pat on the back because he deserves it. He handled it a heck of a lot calmer than most people.

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    jprs89

    almost 4 years ago

    516 Comments

    FATHER OF THE YEAR AWARD GOES TO.........................

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    jprs89

    almost 4 years ago

    516 Comments

    ..................................How was any of this outta line? The officer was calm the WHOLE time.

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    jlcampora

    almost 4 years ago

    102 Comments

    I think that this officer did what almost every officers would want to do if they were in his shoes. This officer just had the guts to put it into action. I have two daughter, and I am not sure what I would do. I think I would be a little more tactful about it. However, this shows that the officer truly cares about the well being of his daughter. I know that it takes two to tango, and I am sure he took care of business with his daughter as well. Good Job !!!!!!!

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    milcop

    almost 4 years ago

    762 Comments

    Sure does not seem like the parents of the boy were to concerned about what the boy was doing but now they are all pissed off Good for the officer

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    Neecy1

    almost 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    I think the officer was within his rights to know what his doughter is out there doing, he has every right to know what knuckle head his doughter is getting down and dirty with. I think his actions shows he cares.

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    Neecy1

    almost 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    I don't disagree with what the officer did it shows he cares about his doughter

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    Ryhunter

    almost 4 years ago

    92 Comments

    I understand why he did it.

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    pdinphx

    almost 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    This cop knew exactly what he was doing ... and I applaud him. Can you imagine what his daughter must be facing?

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