An LAPD officer has been arrested for having a sexual relationship with a teen cadet.
Los Angeles Chief Charlie Beck arrested one of his own officers for unlawful sex with a minor on Thursday: 10-year veteran LAPD officer Robert Cain. The 31-year-old is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old female cadet, according to ABC News.
“I find the actions of Cain, if they are proven, to be despicable,” Beck said. “I find them to be absolutely inconsistent with the ethics and standards of the Los Angeles Police Department and they are criminal. I’m a police officer and I felt it was my duty to make the arrest.”
He said the sexual conduct did not happen at the police station. The officer is from the LAPD’s 77th Street Division, which has been involved in another scandal involving teen cadets who allegedly stole police radios, bullet proof vests and LAPD patrol SUVs. Two of the patrol vehicles crashed in chases. The teens invovled also pulled over drivers and impersonated officers, according to ABC News. The 15-year-old girl victim is one of seven cadets who have been arrested for stealing the patrol vehicles.
Policed learned about the alleged relationship between the officer and cadet when they reviewed text messages on the arrested teen's cellphone, according to NBC Los Angeles.
[NBC Los Angeles]