Print

News >> Browse Articles >> Law Enforcement News

+48

LEO Stages Fake Arrest of Daughter's Would-Be Romeo

LEO Stages Fake Arrest of Daughter's Would-Be Romeo

YouTube Video Capture

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.


+48
  • Photo_user_blank_big

    lstarr98

    almost 4 years ago

    14 Comments

    these days this is exactly what a kid needs to be scared straight!! His parents were present, he was not yelled at, sworn at, beaten or threatened with bodily harm. If it worked, good for the cop. Did he bend a few rules, yeah, but parents aren't allowed to beat kids silly when they mess up, so I see no harm.

  • 0314001503_max50

    JMeaders

    almost 4 years ago

    46 Comments

    I know a lot of people are going to hate me for this but I really don't care.

    This officer made a very stupid decision. Personal matters are personal matter and should never be dealt with on duty. It's obvious the officer was upset over his daughter's choice to have sex with this kid and didn't think through fully what to do or say to the kid after cuffing him. As much as I hate to see cops prosecuted on petty charges, charges that could have easily been avoided, this officer asked for them. If another officer had staged the arrest this might be a slightly different story but this officer dealt with a personal issue on duty and is paying the consequences.

  • Image010_max50

    Gunner2251

    almost 4 years ago

    16 Comments

    I have no problem with this scared straight idea!

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    droid117

    almost 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    I agree with the cop, hell I'd do the same thing if that was my daughter. He's just trying to protect her and what better way than to scare the crap out of all the guys that come over to his house. Hell my uncle shows every boyfriend his gun collection and all of his shooting trophies, and that has laid down the law so far.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    esp7571

    almost 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    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?

  • Eagle_american_flag_max50

    dg37346

    almost 4 years ago

    234 Comments

    As far as I can see (from this video), both the parents and the officer must have agreed on the scheme to teach their son a lesson (scared straight tactic). Therefore, the officer should not be blamed for his actions.

    What is puzzling is that the boy’s parents ended up setting this officer up for failure when they videotaped him lecturing their son whom they too were involved in the plot to teach their son a lesson. I am only guessing that the parents USED the officer because their own child will not listen to them. The sad thing is that the whole scheme backfired and the officer is now under scrutiny. I hope all goes well for the officer and shame goes upon the parents for sending the wrong example to their child. These types of parents ARE some of the reasons why there is no respect for authority.

  • Non-leo1police_max50

    Dyan25

    almost 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    My heart goes out to the officer.Rasing teenagers can be very tough. He must be a wonderful father, he cared enough for his stepdaughter to try in help her. Since his parents did not ask him to stop and he did not raise his voice to the boy, I would say they were giving their ok to have this talk with him and prevent another teenage pregancy.
    I think the boys parents have now and second thoughts, when they should be thanking him for trying to help.

  • Me_15_max50

    TavN

    almost 4 years ago

    30 Comments

    I'm gonna have to say that my dad would have done the exact same thing. Though it would have been over a decade ago and it would probably not be an issue like it is today.

    Yes, as an LEO, it raises controversy because of that blue uniform you're wearing is supposed to represent your community, your department as well as yourself but if this man was, let's say, a school teacher...would he be praised?

    After watching at the clip, the officer did not cross any lines. He was let into the resident, he did not use excessive force, and it even seemed like he had the boy's parents' approval...there's a proof!

    If I was that boy's parent, I would be thanking that officer for taking his time to try to set that boy straight.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    ExSheriffDeputy2010

    almost 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    I would have done the same damn thing. Kids these days are too worried about the other sex and having sex. I don't blame the officer for what he did. But i know one thing. The boy will think back and remember this before he has sex with another girl.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    jamesathome

    almost 4 years ago

    34 Comments

    The little creep is a sex pervert in the making, should be registered as a sex offender name and picture in the local paper.

  • Img_0035_max50

    meriwether1983

    almost 4 years ago

    78 Comments

    I don't blame the officer, especially with his daughter being so young. The parents of the boy being complicit and then complaining to the department is what makes me sick. I hope the officer comes out of this okay and hopefully the kid learns a lesson. If the parents of the boy win, that's only going to reinforce the boy's belief he can get away with a lot and mom and dad will rescue him. Their sexual intercourse is unlawful, and I guess, technically the officer had the authority to "detain" the boy, although I know this isn't exactly how we'd like to see the detention go down.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    roundhouse

    almost 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    He should have waited until the boy was at his house again. HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE. Behind closed doors. I prefer the "Bad Boys II" method.

  • 10

    MockTertl

    almost 4 years ago

    248 Comments

    Intent was good, but definitely a bad way to handle this. I was privy and part to a sting involving a 14 year old girl and a 21 yr old man/boy. We busted him through ... of all things ... the technology he used to communicate with her. Working with the State Police, the local police and my tech knowledge we had everything we needed to arrest and convict the kid for having sex with a minor for which she was not considered 1.) Old enough to consent and 2.) not of the mental capacity to understand the consequences. In addition, she was being manipulated solely for sex. He is now a registered sex offender with many eyes watching his potential re-appearance.

  • Hpim0502_max50

    gonzalezjaime50

    almost 4 years ago

    32 Comments

    This is BS. I don't think the officer did anything wrong! That kid shoul have kept it in his pants and none of this would have happened... if you ask me, the officer should have tazzed his ass!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Everyone fears a motorcop...............and chicks really dig the motorboots.

PoliceLink School Finder

Save time in your search for a criminal justice degree program. Use PoliceLink's School Finder to locate schools online and in your area.

Get Info

* In the event that we cannot find a program from one of our partner schools that matches your specific area of interest, we may show schools with similar or unrelated programs.

Recent Activity

Btjustice_max30
BSPD88 gave a thumbs down to The Topic "Ofcr. Scott Patrick, Mendota Heights PD, MN; EOW: Wednesd...", 4 minutes ago.
Gods_team_max30
IowaNinersFan submitted the article: "Son charged in mother's murder", 7 minutes ago.
Gods_team_max30
IowaNinersFan gave a thumbs down to The Article "Teen Pedestrian Killed in Valley Glen Hit-and-Run; Driver...", 8 minutes ago.
Gods_team_max30
IowaNinersFan gave a thumbs down to The Article "Pot grow found to be using 4K gallons of water per week", 9 minutes ago.