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An old officer with the Los Angeles Police department was arrested this week after an investigation linked his DNA to two separate rape cases in 2015, and by 2018, the public prosecution service said Wednesday.
William Rodriguez, 33, faces two counts of forcible rape and was relieved of his police powers. The LAPD’s Robbery Homicide Division, sexual Assault Section, which carried out an investigation and that as a result of a report of sexual abuse involving a friend of the Team, in his home in November of 2018, the company said.
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The investigation was Finished and was also associated with a second sexual assault case in August of 2015. Both incidents took place while he was off-duty, police said. The team has worked for the LAPD for 10 years and was recently assigned to the Valley Traffic Division.
“When one of our own breaks down the trust and confidence of the people we are sworn to protect and serve, to the touch, the badge that we all wear proudly on our chests,” LAPD police chief Michel Moore said. “This arrest reflects our commitment to pursue every lead, no matter where the investigation takes us.”
“When one of our own breaks down the trust and confidence of the people we are sworn to protect and serve, to the touch, the badge that we all wear proudly on our chests.”
Chief Michel Moore, The Los Angeles Police Department
Investigators identified Rodriguez as the suspect in both cases is due to a so-called “cold hit,” message in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database. That is, it means that Rodriguez’s DNA matched the forensic profile of the perpetrator in both cases.
The team is expected to be arraigned on Thursday, according to the LAPD.
Last week, another former LAPD officer pleaded guilty to two felony sex crimes with a minor. Neil Kimball, 46, a veteran of the LAPD sex crimes detective, was accused of the statutory rape of a 15-year-old sexual assault victim, after being assigned to investigate the complaint. Kimball was arrested in November and charged with tying up and raping the girl during the incident in Camarillo, ca is in 2017.
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Kimball pleaded guilty to the lesser charges of a lewd act with a child and unlawful sexual intercourse as part of a plea agreement, the prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday. He will also serve three years in prison and has to register as a sex offender.
Fox News’ Robert Gearty contributed to this report.