LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A Los Angeles police officer who allegedly touched a dead woman’s breast, while he was on duty in October, was charged today with a felony count.
David Rojas, 27, is charged with having sexual contact with human remains without authority, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. An arraignment date has not yet been set.
Rojas was arrested just before noon Thursday by Los Angeles police and released on $20,000 bond shortly after 5 p.m., according to jail records.
Rojas, a four-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department assigned to the downtown-area Central Division, was assigned to home after a review of his camera recording of the alleged act, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Body camera footage captured the officer and his partner responding to a report of a possible dead woman in a residence on Oct. 20. Rojas allegedly touched the woman’s breast while he was alone in the room, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
The officer allegedly turned off his body-worn camera, which had an automatic buffer on the device that captured the alleged crime, according to the Times, which reported that Rojas was subsequently placed on leave.
“This incident is extremely disturbing and does not represent the values of the Los Angeles Police Department,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore said.
The allegation against Rojas was brought to the department on Nov. 20, police said.
Rojas could face up to three years in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney’s Office.