Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Officer Ricardo Orosco Charged with Assaulting Girlfriend

Another sex scandal has rocked the Phoenix Police Department.

Officer Ricardo Orosco, 26, has been charged with unlawful imprisonment, assault and criminal damage after allegedly getting into an altercation with his girlfriend early Tuesday.

"It's an embarrassment, it's a very bleak situation for us," Phoenix Police detective James Holmes said of arresting a fellow officer.

Police say they received a call around 2:45 a.m. from a femaile who said her "boyfriend" had assaulted her and was currently following her with his own car.

The victim told police she and Orosco had been out for the evening and, after returning to his home, said he told her he wanted to have sex.

She told police that after she refused, Orosco forcibly removed part of her clothing and ordered her to disrobe.

"The officer became physical with the victim. He grabbed her, he tore her sweater, threw her down on the bed," Holmes said. "During all of this he tore part of her bra and he did put his hands around her throat and he hit her."

Police said the victim was able to free herself and leave the home, but only after Orosco - trying to get in the car - broke the handles off the driver's side front and rear doors.

It was then, after realizing Orosco was following her, that she called police.

Police said the victim had visible facial injuries but did not require immediate medical attention. Orosco was booked into the Maricopa County Jail.

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