Garden Grove Police Arrest Cypress Officer for Alleged Sexual Assault - NBC Southern California

Garden Grove Police Arrest Cypress Officer for Alleged Sexual Assault

Officers went to the officer's house in response to a report of an alleged sexual assault.

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    Cypress Police Officer Accused of Sexual Assault

    A man has accused the officer of sexually assaulting him after they met at a bar. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. (Published Friday, Nov. 8, 2019)

    An off-duty Cypress police officer was arrested Friday for allegedly sexually assaulting a victim he met a bar near his home in Garden Grove.

    Neither the victim's name nor the name of the officer were released by Garden Grove police. The arrest occurred about 3:40 a.m. at a home in the 5500 block of Ludlow Avenue, said Garden Grove Police Department Lt. Carl Whitney.

    According to Whitney, officers went to the officer's house in response to a report of an alleged sexual assault. The victim told officers they met at a bar and later drove to the officer's residence where the alleged sexual assault occurred.

    When officers responded to the location the victim was able to leave the suspect's home and make a 911 call to police, Whitney said. However, the officer initially refused to open his door or answer any questions and barricaded himself inside the home for several hours.

    Video from the location showed a SWAT team in tactical gear and carrying a battering ram at the scene. After an hours-long standoff, the officer surrendered and was taken into custody.

    Cypress police were cooperating with Garden Grove detectives in the investigation, Whitney said. The officer was booked into the Orange County jail. No details were released on the booking charges or bail.

    People living nearby said the officer lives in a home on a street where there are reportedly many in law enforcement, so many that the area is nicknamed Cop Town.

    The suspect has been with the Cypress Police Department since 2008 and was placed on administrative leave, pending an internal affairs investigation, the department said.

    No details were released on the booking charges or bail.

    Police have not said whether they were searching for other possible victims of this officer.

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