An LAPD officer was charged for allegedly fondling a dead woman’s breast and could be sentenced to up to three years in jail.
If found guilty, the LAPD officer identified as David Rojas, 27, could face three years in prison for having sexual contact with human remains without authority, according to a statement by Los Angeles County district attorney.
Rojas was placed on leave after his bodycam footage reportedly showed him groping a corpse, the LA Times reported.
The incident occurred when the officer and his partner were called to investigate a report of a fatality at a residential unit in Los Angeles. After entering the premises and confirming the death, the partner left the room to retrieve something from the patrol car.
Rojas then turned off his bodycam, before switching it back on a short time later but the device has a two-minute buffer; it is constantly recording video and audio, even when switched off. When re-activated, it saves the previous two minutes of footage.
In the disturbing video footage, he allegedly lifted the sheet off the woman’s body, before feeling her nipples and fondling her breasts.
A supervisor who was having a random inspection of bodycam footage found the footage and reported the officer.