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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.

  • Cimg0026_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I'm not defending the officer's actions, but after listening to the video, I don't think it was that bad. You can tell by what he was saying that he never intended to lock up or harm the kid. He was just trying to make a point and maybe scare the kid a little. I'm not a father yet, so I can't say how I would have reacted. Therefore, I won't pass judgment. I don't think the cop should lose his job or face charges. In my opinion, a good ass chewing (and maybe an apology) should solve the situation.

  • Police___2_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Seems the boys parents was in on this. What a fine example the parents are now setting for their son. Police officer or not, the time used to be any parent would have been knocking on this boys parents door, and yes, both the boy and girl would get their ass' busted. The fact of being a police officer would not have the same affect with his daughter as it would the boy but think she caught the wrath of her dad more so than what happened with the boy.

  • Bronzestarribbon_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    The officer meant well and there was a time when this would have gone over without even an eye bat, but not nowadays. Too bad as the intent was good.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    I support this officer and his tactics on dealing with this problem. If the boy's parents were the parents of the girl and found this information out, they would have been just as upset. All parents need to check there kids to prevent the wrong things from occurring. I pray this officer does not face to harsh a punishment by his department, he was doing the correct thing as a father....who just happens to be a police officer.

  • Picture_186_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    that is total crap. he over steped his bounds as an officer of the law and then he calls the kids stupid. i don't think he should lose his job but he should have to do something to make it right.

  • Img00039_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I'll wait to hear some more facts such as ongoing issues etc..First impression, the Officer needs a REALLY GOOD lawyer... Good luck
    BUMP so many others who disagree with the Officers actions..Sorry but the rules always apply ( well almost always) Especially in UNIFORM

  • Respect_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I think he should have gone in a Ninja suit instead of a motordog uniform.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    I think that the boys parents were involved and went along with the scared straight thing. After it was over maybe they began thinking, or someone said to them that they may be able to turn this into a lawsuit (but that wasn't mentioned) and they went for it. Now something that was meant to help the boy realize what could happen may actually happen with charges being filed. If anything is done charge wise to their boy its there own fault for making the calls.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    almost 4 years ago


    30 years ago this boy would have had his ASS kicked, and no one would have said a thing..
    As a father, this LEO has my blessing.

  • 162935_10150344760130618_807410617_15819971_6937039_n_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Anyone else forget that the girl committed the same crime as the boy did... doesn't matter if one is older than the other or if one is male or female... both are minors and both broke a law that does not discriminate based on sex.

    Yes, a father protecting his daughter is a good thing... protecting sons is also a good thing. Girls taking advantage of a system which views them as the victim even when they are not, to get back at boyfriends is possible.. for example, if this cops daughter did not actually have sex with the boy, and told the father this... what then?

    Even in uniform, I believe he was in his right as a father to talk to the kid, advise him of the ramifications of any sex until the legal age of consent (even though ignorance of the law is not a defense and it could be arrestable)... even better would be a partner to do it, so the kid sees it is not just an angry father... but to cuff him himself without intent to complete an arrest is overstepping IMO.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    The parents of this kid should be happy someone is trying to set their son straight. Now with the parents going after the officer that sends the wrong message to the kid. He will think he can get away with anything from now on as long as mommy and daddy go to bat for him. I see trouble down the road for this kid.

  • 2010-10-03_17


    almost 4 years ago


    I think the Officer crossed his roles between a father and a LEO. I consider this to be a misuse of authority and possibly a violation of rights. You can get your point across without the use of your badge. When a conflict of interest is present, you should always turn to other means instead of taking matters into your own hands. This LEO's career might very well be done.

  • Img_0327_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Nope, I do not agree with the general consensus here. Although this event seems to be lauded by most of our LEO members; the 'dad' was too emotioanally involved with the (victim) and should have handed his problem over to his supervisor. If he was to confront the teen, he should not have been in uniform. He should have been in his father role, not as a Law enforcement officer. But yes, I do concur that this is a funny story.

  • Different_mourning_badge_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    He did something wrong??? Hello!!!!! What he did was FAR more MUNDANE than the court system and signing a paper that says SEX REGISTRANT! A crime occurred! It was dealt with in a PARENTAL way and that's it! No different if a kid's dad was a construction worker and he took his screwed up kid to work with him to show him what REALITY is.

  • Mourning_badge_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I do not Police my neighbors or anyone else that I know for any reason. If they need help and it is not life or death, I will call 911 and hand the telephone to them. I refuse to identify myself as a LEO until it is absolutely necessary. The proper way to handle this type situation and any other that is of a personal nature would have been to file a report and let the department/division hangle the entire mess. Why lose your job over a matter that could and should be handled by someone with no interest in the case other than to gather the facts and present them to the DA's office?

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