Crime

LAPD Officer Arrested for Sex With Minor

| by Michael Doherty
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An LAPD officer has been arrested after he allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old cadet.

Officer Robert Cain, 31, was arrested by Police Chief Charlie Beck after Cain was accused of having unlawful sex with a minor, the Daily Mail reports.

The teen was in the LAPD's cadet program which trains young people from ages 14 to 2 in police work. It has around 2,300 enrolled. The cadets, while not actual police officers, do perform traffic and crowd control services at public events.

The 15-year-old was reported to have been part of the cadets for three months.

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Beck said that the investigation is ongoing, but investigators found out about her connection to Cain through text messages on her phone.

The girl is also being investigated for her suspected involvement in an incident involving stolen police cars.

Beck, who said that Cain's actions were "despicable," added at a news conference that "it's important to send a message."

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"I find [Cain's alleged actions] to be absolutely inconsistent with the ethics and standards of the Los Angeles Police Department and they are criminal," said Beck, according to KABC.

Beck added that investigators have not found images that show what happened between the man and the teen, but that the texts "were sufficient."

According to Beck, Cain had not had a "significant history" of excessive use of force or disciplinary action against him. He worked with the LAPD for 10 years, during which time he served as the 77th Street Division's equipment room operator.

Cain was reported to be in charge of "the mechanisms by which" equipment for the department was checked out.

"It's believed that he had knowledge of and has been involved in the unlawful use of police equipment," said the police chief.

"Obviously, this is not the police department that I want to lead," Beck added.

The cadet program is facing another investigation, after three teenage cadets used the name of a sergeant who was on vacation to check out police vehicles and then led police on car chases, crashing two of the stolen cars. A third stolen vehicle was later recovered.

Cain's alleged victim was among the cadets arrested in the incident.

"We’re going to look at this, we’re going to look at how they did it, and we’re going to make sure it can’t be done again," said Beck, who added that the cadet program would be undergoing a "top-to-bottom" review, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"We’re very proud of our cadet program," said the chief. "I don’t want the actions of these three individuals to reflect negatively on the other 2,300."

Sources: Daily Mail, KABC, Los Angeles Times / Photo credit: JonDoeForty1/FlickrJhaymesisviphotography/FlickrTomas del Coro/Flickr

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