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September 28, 2010
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Video: Calif. cop fakes arrest of teen who may have had sex with daughter

The boy, believed to be 15, made a videotape and gave it to a local newspaper

By PoliceOne Staff

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A cop in California is on paid leave after being accused of faking the arrest of a teenager he believed to have had sex with his daughter, who is 14.

The officer showed up to the boy’s home in uniform, on his police motorcycle, and lectured the boy before placing him in handcuffs, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

"A cop's daughter is not someone you mess around with. You're stupid," the officer tells the boy in the video. The faces of the cop and the boy are both blurred in the footage.

The boy’s parents are considering pressing charges, saying the officer abused his authority. The boy says he wants the officer put in jail.

The cop’s lawyer, Terry Bowman, has a different story.

“On this occasion, the officer was not there as part of an official investigation, but as a concerned parent, attempting to navigate the difficult challenges associated with raising a teenager,” he said in a statement.

He added that the boy’s mother reached out to him for guidance in the past, according to CNN.

The district attorney is also reviewing the situation.

Here is the videotape the boy handed over to the San Jose Mercury News.


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