A former LAPD officer will soon face sex crimes charges following a plea deal in another case. Prosecutors accuse the former officer of sexually abusing a 15-year-old female in the LAPD’s cadet program.
The officer pleaded no contest to manufacturing illegal weapons in a case in San Bernardino County. The plea deal will allow prosecutors in Los Angeles County to proceed with the sex crimes case. San Bernardino officials kept the former officer in their custody pending a resolution to the weapons case.
Los Angeles officials arrested the former officer as part of an investigation into the LAPD’s cadet program. The investigation revealed theft of police equipment and other irregularities involving minors in the program.
Last year, prosecutors charged the former officer with multiple sex crimes involving minors. While investigating the sexual abuse claims, officers searched the man’s home and found a cache of nearly 100 weapons. The man had illegally modified some of the weapons.
The former officer has not yet entered a plea to the sexual abuse charges. Prior to his arrest, the man had served as an LAPD officer for ten years. In addition to the sexual offenses, police believe that the former officer helped cadets take LAPD vehicles and other equipment. The cadets crashed or abandoned the vehicles around the city.
Los Angeles sex crimes attorney
Sex crimes convictions have long lasting consequences. When you face a sex crimes charge, hire an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. He has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense, and takes sex offense cases.
Unlike other crimes, a sex crimes conviction doesn’t go away. Lifetime sex offender registration awaits most people with a sexual offense on their criminal records. Along with that will come restrictions on where you can work, live and travel. It may include restrictions on Internet usage and social media usage. Registration can cause damage to family and social relationships, too. You’ll also be required to report where you live, usually for the rest of your life.
When you face charges for a sex-related offense, don’t attempt to defend yourself and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do to fight the charges.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273- 5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County sex crimes case.
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