SANTA ANA — A Santa Ana woman claimed Wednesday she was groped by a California Highway Patrol officer who came to her apartment hours after a traffic stop involving her and her husband.
The woman, who spoke through an interpreter at a Los Angeles news conference with attorney Juan Dominguez, said she was going public with her claim to ensure no other women are victimized.
CHP officials said the unnamed officer has been placed on leave pending the completion of an internal investigation and a criminal investigation by the Santa Ana Police Department.
The woman claims she and her husband were pulled over by the officer around 5:30 p.m. April 6 on the southbound 5 Freeway near Red Hill Avenue. The officer cited her husband for being an unlicensed driver, and they were released, according to her attorney.
About three hours later, the officer showed up at her apartment and asked to speak to her alone, Dominguez said.
“He positions his patrol car on the side of the parking lot and opens the two doors of his SUV patrol car and positions her between the two doors and … proceeds to grope her genitalia, breasts in a sexually inappropriate manner,” Dominguez said.
He said the officer stopped when a neighbor walked by, but the officer told the woman he would be back the following week.
“We hope and trust that they will do a thorough, transparent and speedy investigation,” Dominguez said.
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