An El Monte, Calif. police officer has been accused of allegedly raping a transgender woman while on duty.
The transgender woman was walking to a friend’s house between 4 and 6 a.m. on Oct. 23 of last year when the unidentified police officer drove up to her in his cruiser.
According to GayStarNews.com, the unidentified transgender woman claims the police officer groped her and asked if she was “a nasty shemale."
After the alleged victim self-identified herself as a transgender woman, the police officer reportedly took her into a wooded area, forced her to give him oral sex and then raped her.
The transgender woman went to a hospital after the alleged sexual assault.
She later drove back to the site of the alleged assault and retrieved a condom reportedly used by the officer.
The condom was later turned over to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, which is conducting an investigation at the request of the El Monte Police Department.
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The alleged victim filed a federal civil rights and assault lawsuit, on Oct. 18 of this year, against the El Monte Police Department and the officer, who has not been arrested, but was placed on leave.
“These allegations are very disturbing and clearly not representative of the expectations we have for the men and women who serve the El Monte Police Department,” El Monte Police Chief Steve Schuster told the Los Angeles Times. “We take any allegation against our Police Department or individual police officers very seriously because we hold our officers to the highest standard."