By PoliceOne Staff
SANTA MARIA, Calif. — A police Explorer in a relationship with an officer who was shot and killed by police says he was a sexual predator and has filed a lawsuit against the city and the officer's widow.
Albert Covarrubias Jr. was killed Jan. 29 during his attempted arrest by other Santa Maria officers, including his best friend on the force, who fired the fatal shot. He had been under investigation for sex crimes.
Identified only as Jane Doe in the lawsuit, the girl was 17 and a member of the police Explorer program when she told an adult close to her that she was "dating" Covarrubias, The Los Angeles Times reported.
The lawsuit depicts Covarrubias as a predator who threatened to harm her family if she did not sleep with him and alleges Explorer programs are "known to be plagued with inappropriate sexual misconduct."
According to the suit, other officers knew about the relationship but did not put an end to it.
Unspecified damages are also sought from Covarrubias' widow, who married him three weeks prior to his death.