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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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    senorwarrenv

    almost 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    The officer with deep regret violated the law. I would not have blamed him. Yet, he should of waited for a while and went to his daughter's boyfiriend's parents with a supervisor to speak to all concerned. He put all LEO's in his department in a bad light. As a non sworn Security Supervisor, if this done by one of my officer's in uniform, I would have to suspend him and notify the State of Oregon Department of Public Safety and Standards Training. This would be concidered an act of lack of fitness and good judgement.

    Both LEOS and Private security personnel are considered to be protectors of our guests and for LEOS, for the common good of the citizens of the city or state. He with deep regret, damaged his and the departents reputation.

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    tonyv48

    almost 4 years ago

    190 Comments

    i totally understand him, but what he should have done is let his superiors know what he had in mind & maybe he would have avoided this mess, my opinion is suspension for a week & that's it !!! he was only trying to protect his daughter, which any man would do !! i vote him for father of the year !!1

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    egoliszeski

    almost 4 years ago

    170 Comments

    I can understand where the officer was coming from.Just should have handled it differently.

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    Allen705

    almost 4 years ago

    1466 Comments

    Just another comment, look at the kid's shirt. That should tell you all about him.

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    Allen705

    almost 4 years ago

    1466 Comments

    What a load of crap, this turd and his parents are just looking for a check. Too bad his daughter was stupid enough to sleep with this guy.

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    PETE114

    almost 4 years ago

    1396 Comments

    Great, now the lawyers are involved. You know they are only speaking in the best interests of their clients........Right??? What a crock.

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    sydvicioustx

    almost 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    I don't blame him for wanting to do something about it either BUT.......he's been a cop long enough to know that he was probably violating department policy to confront them on duty. Then to top it off he puts the kid in handcuffs. In Texas that could easily fall into false imprisonment. Did the kid deserve it...YEAH! We just gotta know better than to let one stupid mistake ruin a career.

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    LIDARguy

    almost 4 years ago

    356 Comments

    What everyone must remember is this is California. Of course they're gonna file charges against the officer and it will go to trial. I only hope he is acquitted. DLB12281, you must not have any children. He acted appropriately. The last thing I would do, as a parent, would be to pull my cell phone out and begin recording a police officer talking to my stupid son. I smell $$$.

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    bumperdog831

    almost 4 years ago

    264 Comments

    im sorry dfg....i disagree. i think he used his position well and didnt abuse his power. the parents are clearly lying and gave consent which means they probably thought it was a good idea too.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    He should have acted like dad first. he already knew what happened. He used his position to scare the boy. He should have gone to the boys house as the father of the girl and talked to the kid and his parents. He's a cop why would they not listen to him?
    Then if he wanted to he could file charges. But did he really want everyone to know about? Too bad now.

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    lilcasino510

    almost 4 years ago

    886 Comments

    If the parents wanted an officer to use scare tactics to get a message through his thick skull, then they are well within their rights. The problem here lies with which officer did the scaring. It should never have been the officer who is the father of the girl the boy slept with. This officer has too much of a personal interest in this matter which creates a conflict. I've had my friends ask me to come do this to their children and I politely decline and tell them to call the station and request someone else.

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    TheMunz

    almost 4 years ago

    340 Comments

    The parents condoned the situation until later? Does anyone but me smell "$$$$" over their sons behavior?
    Camon ..

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    jalad12

    almost 4 years ago

    16 Comments

    What we don't know is what the officer did to his step-daughter. Did he discipline her? Did he put her in handcuffs, too? I think the real problem lies with her. This officer is going to get very tired "fake arresting" every guy his step-daughter decides to have sex with.

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    DLB12281

    almost 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    This is an officer way out of line. There is a definite conflict of interest and amounts to a false arrest. Did the officer release the boy pursuant to California Penal Code section 849(b) and write a report of his actions in this incident? I doubt it. Did the officer issue a Release from Custody certificate to the boy, per 849(b) PC? Again, I doubt it.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    He demonstrated restraint compared to what some may have done. BTW - DeNiro played a retired CIA security officer (not FBI) in "Meet the Parents".

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