David Rojas Biography – Wiki
David Rojas is a 27-year-old Loss Angles Police officer who was reportedly recorded to touch the breast of a dead woman. According to LA-based reporter Andrew Blankstein, Rojas is a four-year veteran of the force. He worked with the LAPD’s Central Division at the time of the incident.
NEW: LAPD Officer David Rojas, a 4-year veteran of the Department arrested/charged on suspicion of sexual contact w/ human remains. Allegation against Rojas was brought to the Department during course of an investigation into fatal overdose of a woman on November 11 – @LAPDHQ
— Andrew Blankstein (@anblanx) December 13, 2019
On October 20, Rojas and his male partner responded to the call and reportedly confirmed the unidentified woman was dead. One left to retrieve paperwork from a patrol car while the Rojas stayed with the body inside a room.
It was at that point that Rojas was believed to have turned off his body control and “inappropriately touched the woman’s body”, LAPD officials confirmed.
David Rojas Fondling the Breasts of a Dead Woman, say Sources
LAPD says an officer’s body camera caught him fondling a dead woman’s breasts. He faces a felony charge. https://t.co/idSPnqIgkC
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 13, 2019
According to the CBS Local, Rojas is accused of fondling the breasts of a deceased woman during a house call he made on October 20th with his partner, related to an apparent overdose. The identity of Rojas’ male partner has not been identified, nor have there been any allegations leveled against the partner. The pair responded to the call, and together they confirmed the woman was dead. Then, Rojas’ partner went to the car to get the proper paperwork, and Rojas was left alone with the body. LAPD officials confirm that it was at that point that Rojas allegedly turned off his body-cam and fondled the woman’s body. However, a two-minute buffer on the device allowed the footage to be recorded anyways.
David Rojas Arrested and Suspended
After the footage was discovered, Rojas was placed on leave. The LAPD learned of the conduct on November 11th, 2019. Rojas was assigned to home duty shortly after. As for the body-camera footage, it’s never going to be released to the public. Although the Police Commission voted last year to release any body-camera footage of a “critical incident” to the public within 45 days, the department has not classified this incident as a “critical incident”, according to ABC7.
David Rojas has been charged with a felony after footage captured by a body camera allegedly showed him fondling a deceased woman’s breasts. Rojas was charged with one count of having sexual contact with human remains without authority, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.
An officer with the Los Angeles Police Department is under investigation after his body camera allegedly caught him fondling the body of a dead woman. https://t.co/8XRt2jjVTw
— CNN (@CNN) December 8, 2019
Investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division arrested 27-year-old David Rojas, a 4-year veteran of the department, on Thursday, reports CBS Los Angeles. However, he was released from jail on a $20,000 bond, The Associated Press reported, citing a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department inmate locator website.
LAPD Official Apology
On December 4th, 2019, Lt. Lally publicly apologized to the family of the deceased woman. “We want the family to know this alleged behavior is repugnant, reprehensible and indefensible”, he stated. “We are sorry for the pain this has caused you”.