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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


    As this is a misdimeanor, I think the cop had the right idea, but went about it the wrong way. Firstly, he should have threatened both the boy AND his daughter with arrest for the misdimeanor to put the scare into both of them so that they might be more careful in future. Now, as for his being a parent, there are more than enough studies to show that suppression of sex tends to lead to them experimenting without proper protection, meaning increased teen pregnancy in the first place. As a parent, I teach my kids that sex unless they're adults and fully prepared for accidents, even when using protection, that abstinence is a good idea. However, that doesn't mean that kids should suppress their sexual tendencies, so I tell my kids that instead, they should masturbate, in private, and if they do decide to have underage sex, then to use condoms, with spermacide, and any other contraceptive device or pill possible. Of course, I'm Canadian, so our view on this issue is a bit different compared to most.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Ultimately, the question has to be asked...."If a civilian went over to this boy's house and had intimidated him in the same manner would the civilian be treated the same in the eyes of the law?"

    Obviously not. The public is looking for police officers to enforce the law, not act as our moral guardians. And the remarks about prison rape were definitely out of line.

  • Picture_301_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    The officer did a good job here! their is a good lesson here.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    I'm a 20 year old Corrections Officer that had 2 kids as a youth. Most of the time you get dead beats fathers at an early age who impregnate girls and want and/or have nothing with them later, especially financially. Another thing to understand is that its not just the young people who make the babies they can't support (although there is a large number) but full grown adults that make the same decision just as often. Trust me I'm cuffin' up 80% of those dead beats every day. Do I agree with this cop's decision? HECK YEAH I do. It's his responsibility as a father to instill these fears in every boy who wants to date his daughter, but its his duty as a cop to hold this boy accountable for his actions and enforce the consequences. If they chose not to prosecute these youths for their illegal decision, then they should definitely reconsider their attitude towards our fellow cop here. PREDATOR509 I'm in for the lawyer!!!

  • God_bless_america_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    From esp7571:
    lol at everyone acting like this kid is a rapist. He had consentual sex with a girl who is one year younger than him. Yeah, what kind of sick freak has sex with girls?? OH NO somebody stop him. Sure, the father is understandably and rightfully upset, but why does anyone else care?

    Laughing at this situation? You must not be a father. I'll tell you why anyone else cares moron. I counsel at a pregnancy center. I see CHILDREN come in every day who aren't even trusted by law to drive having sex and the GIRL (not woman) getting pregnant. There are CHILDREN (notice the caps) out there who are having sex without realizing how much this is affecting the REST OF THEIR LIVES. (Again, notice the caps) Parents who have your attitude and just blow it off by saying"They are close enough in age" or "They're teenagers, they're going to do it no matter what I say" are not PARENTS (caps again), but merely adults (loosely defined) who live in the same house. Even though these two are close in age, in some states what this boy did can still be classified as statuatory rape. There are reasons there are laws on the books to prosecute this type of thing. It's illegal & it's immoral. I personally think this father should have gone over there withoutt his uniform & gun, and REALLY (caps again) ripped this kid a new one. Shame on the parents for getting upset for this officer trying to set this kid straight.

  • Rcmp_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Definitely a good lesson learned there.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    I like the idea of scaring the kid straight. But as a retired LEO, I think I would of had another officer help, with full consent of the parents. The article says the parents didn't object. But, they did take a video and are now going after the Officer. They will probably say they felt intimidated by the officer in uniform, which is why they didn't object. I hope the Officer comes out O.K..

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Can't blame him for trying to protect his daughter, he just went about it the wrong way.

  • Sean_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I heard this on the radio this morning so I had to read more about it. I think this is an appropriate tactic that works and it is tried and proven! Unfortunately the effect is going to be reduced because of the district attorney’s action of charging the Leo as a result of the boy’s parents filing a complaint.
    Yes this is consensual sex, but still it is a law that was violated by both involved, but let’s just say for argument sake when this young boy’s and girl’s decision results in the birth of a baby will the parents stand by this boy’s decision to have sex and support their grandchild financially?
    Does anyone think this boy will have the financial means to support a child and still go to middle school, high school, and if he is lucky somehow go to college? Does he become a burden on society because of his decision because he can’t provide for his new family on his own?
    We have far too many single mothers from Vice Presidential candidates daughters down that are not supported by the young men making these types of adult decisions. The boy’s parents should think through the financial responsibility that his decision could and should mean to them should my scenario come to be true!
    Maybe if we held the parents liable financially for 50% of the support through the child’s 21st birthday and not some formula based on income they would be more willing to support the scared straight tactics --if I were them I would be scared that I could have a grandchild from my own child, since they are choosing not to parent with a stern hand. Too bad they are choosing this path versus keeping him scared maybe he will learn to act with prudence based on the initial experience of being cuffed next time society can only hope.
    Did the Leo take it to far when you consider all the potential results to them and their future and potential community’s financial burden? I think not!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    This officer has done what many of have probably thought seriously about doing - understanding his motives I see where he is coming from however not a good idea I hope he doesn't loose his job over it

  • Security_of_one_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I give the police officer thumb up as police officer and especially as a "FATHER"! If he needs money for an lawyer, I will pitch in!

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I understand his motives and don't fault him for it. I hope that he comes out of this allright.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    +1. If the officer worked it out with the parents and had a mutual agreement to pull the stunt on the boy, it likely would never had left the living room of the kids house and even if it did, it wouldn't have been a big deal. But if an officer using a badge for personal reasons is condoned, then the public can reasonably doubt if an officer is acting within the law on other occasions. It is wrong for a reason.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    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.

  • Pics_of_peeps_011_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    The defenders of unexamined political correctness will come down on the father. Critical information on context-degree to which parents agreed to a father's natural approach to such a situation. He was supremely calm, coherent, and clear in delivering his message. Actually, he was pretty gentle with the kid. I would not have been invested with the official public authority and power as a uniformed police officer.

    Nevertheless my words, tone, demeanor etc would likely be judged even more unPC than this police officer. A police administrator has to write him up for whatever infraction, advise him not to get into the habit of trusting seemingly agreeable parents. He gets his hands smacked just because that is the way it is. Otherwise it is hardly controversial and demonstrates the degree of self-control required to function as a police officer.

    As a police psychologist I performed thousands of the final step in the process of acceptance into a police academy-- a 4 hour formal comprehensive psychological including our best objective psychological instruments, background history, background report supplied by police investigators, structured clinical interview with cross checks within the psychological and supplied by police investigators, etc. There was never a disagreement with the Chiefs of Police, not one assessment was ever contested, and we moved toward inclusion of "rule in" characteristics vs. the traditional rule out model.

    I wouldn't have passed me. I am too damn Irish. This police officer showed incredible cool.

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