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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.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    I don't know about there, what I know about PA is you are not allowed to record anyone in a public office without permission. So (like I said in PA) the parents are braking the law by recording the Officer without his permission, if anything the Officer should press charges against the parents.

  • Marc_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    This litlle knucklehead deserved a dose of REALITY. He's just lucky he didn't really get busted for rape.Mom and dad are also lucky they didn't get it for CDM. What really bugs me about this whole deal is the boy's lawyer is sqwaking about actual CRIMINAL charges being filed against the officer. I'm thinking someone's looking for a check. Kudos to you brother.

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    What the hell is wrong with America these days, the LEO is being made to be the bad guy here, and he isnt. String that little bastard (and his parents) up by his balls and maybe there wont be so many pregnant yet not married females in this country.

  • Picture_006_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    parents agreed to it, then taped it, then realized the could probably make a quick buck

  • Myavatar_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    You can criticize the motor officer, take a hostile position, put him on admin leave, whatever. That kid got off real easy. Had it been my daughter, things would have gone quite differently. Yup... lucky kid. To the officer, I commend your actions and marvel at your disciplined control. Good job. Very good job.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Silent Observer: While I don't fault the guy's intentions he was throwing his badge around for personal reasons. If a father that wasn't a cop went over to a daughter's boyfriend's house with handcuffs and a gun to have a "chat" and intimidate the boy and tell him he was messing with the wrong daughter he would be in lockup. He would be facing multiple felony charges and would be lucky if he dodges jail time. I can't see how a person with that lack of self control has any business with a badge.

    "Throwing his badge around" would constitute reasons with no merit. The officer did this for a reason, not to just "throw his badge around". If this was your daughter, the question is, WHAT would you do? Would you sit back and allow your 14 year old daughter to have sex with guys with the possibility of getting pregnant? Or would you confront this kid for the second time and tell him to stay away from your daughter, especially since he blatantly disobeyed the cop's wishes in the beginning? Like I said in my previous post, the world is missing people like this, who aren't afraid to stand up and do something, instead of just lay back and let it happen.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    I commend the cop for doing this. He had every right to scare this kid straight before the kid got the notion that he can do whatever he wants, even SEX with a cop's (UNDERAGE) daughter, AFTER being warned. No he didn't abuse his authority, he was just doing what ANY caring father would do in a situation like this. You don't want your daughter growing up screwing around with random dudes at 14 years old, (unless you just don't care about her safety and well-being), so he had every right to take these necessary actions. The problem with the world today is we don't have enough people like this officer, who wasn't scared to tell it like it is.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    While I can understand the officers feelings ( and I think it is great that the STEP father feels this close to his step daughter ) I think he should have made another trip or two around the block before he went ot the boys house.
    But on the other hand it might be better that he didn't.
    I also have mixed emotions about this incident, one thing that has not been mentioned is what were the boys parents reactions to the news that their son is out there having sex. do they condone this action from their son? or are they blinded by dollar signs? . I have daughters and grand daughters and it is a good thing I am retired although I do have a son that is a deputy sheriff ! it has it's possibilities.
    Good luck officer and I hope this does not end your career.

  • Matt_on_top_of_bridal_veil_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    This guy is my hero. I thought he did everything a cop dad should do. In fact, I think putting the hand cuffs on the kid was a serious warning of where his life could be headed, esp since he is so stupid as to screw a cop's kid.

  • Image040_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I think he handled it very well..

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    who didnt see that comin?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    I LOVE IT!!!!
    Kidshave no business having sex this early- and you know what? It's called doing whatsbest

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    mixed emotions. i can see the good in this leos actions. but also the bad.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    106 Comments I am a little critical today; but technically, shouldnt he have filed reports on both of them (daughter and boyfriend)for "having sex with a minor".......its been awhile since I worked the J-Car, but I am pretty sure.....

    but on a parenting side, just sit down your daughter talk to her, and then talk to this kid.....reality is that you cant be with them every minute, and they will find ways (even during school)....I dont condone it, but "it is what it is", now you have to address is as calmly as possible.......REMEMBER, kids this age love meet force with force quite often....

    one thing I know, is you have to be careful wearing that uniform while doing what could be considered "personal business", there is a fine line.....(that whole "color of authority" thingy...remember)

    *that all being said, I think he was a lot calmer than I would have been..................

  • Forethought_normal_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    This officer should be more angry and disappointed in his daughter and not this kid.

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