El Monte Police Officer Accused of Raping Transexual Woman
A transexual woman has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging a uniformed, on-duty El Monte, California police officer raped her last year.
The Los Angeles Times reports the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is also investigating the alleged incident, which the woman says occurred between 4:00 and 6:00 am last October 23. She says she was walking on a city street when the officer stopped her and ordered her to approach his patrol car.
“Because she feared for her safety if she refused, she leaned forward and the officer groped her breasts,” the plaintiff’s complaint states. “He then asked her if she was a ‘nasty shemale.’ She responded that she was transexual.”
The officer then allegedly ordered the woman to walk into a nearby alley and into a secluded parking lot, where she claims he forced her to perform oral sex on him. He then allegedly raped her on the trunk of his patrol car while calling her derogatory names. When he was finished, he allegedly tossed his used condom on the ground before ordering his victim to leave. She returned, however, to retrieve the condom for evidence. It has been turned over to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Neither the El Monte officer nor his alleged victim have been named. The plaintiff is identified as “Jane Roe” in court documents.
NBC Los Angeles reports the woman is seeking “unspecified monetary damages.”
The accused officer was immediately placed on leave after El Monte police learned of the allegations against him.
“These allegations are very disturbing and clearly not representative of the expectations we have for the men and women who serve the El Monte Police Department,” said Chief Steve Schuster.
“We take allegations against our police department or individual police officers very seriously because we hold our officers to the highest standard,” Schuster added.