A California police officer was arrested on felony charges on Thursday, weeks after he allegedly touched a deceased woman’s breast while on duty.
Los Angeles police officer David Rojas was charged with having sexual contact with human remains without authority in connection with a call he responded to on October 30. KCBS reported that Rojas and his male partner investigated a fatal overdose and confirmed the woman was dead before Rojas touched her breast.
The other officer had reportedly gone to the patrol car to retrieve paperwork when Rojas, still in the room with the deceased woman, allegedly turned off his body camera and inappropriately touched her.
The Los Angeles Times reports that despite deactivating his body camera, the device recorded an additional two minutes of video before completely shutting off, a function that appears to be standard. Body cameras also save video footage from two minutes before activation.
The footage allegedly showing Rojas grope the decedent was reportedly uncovered on November 11 as authorities investigated the woman’s fatal overdose. Rojas was placed on paid leave in light of the discovery.
Rojas’ bail was set at $20,000. The Los Angeles Times reports that department officials are looking into his work history.
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