Raul Olmeda, a three-and-a-half year veteran of the NYPD, has been arrested and charged with paying an underage girl for sex and recording the incidents.
According to the New York Daily News, the 40-year-old Bronx cop engaged in the illegal sex acts five times between January and April 2017. Two of the trysts took place after Olmeda’s apartment was raided and searched by fellow officers.
Police Commissioner James O’Neill released a statement in which he did not mince his words.
“The nature and scope of the charges in this indictment are egregious,” O’Neill said. “The fact that the defendant is an NYPD officer evidences an unconscionable violation of his oath to uphold the law and protect the public.”
The charges in the 67-count indictment include rape, use of a child in sexual performance, patronizing a minor for prostitution, and official misconduct, apparently for using a police computer to determine what evidence they had against him.
According to Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark, Olmeda paid the teen for sex and “preyed on the vulnerable young woman and videotaped his demeaning and dehumanizing act.”
Olmeda, through his lawyer, Stuart London, denied the accusations “from the bottom of his feet to the top of his head.”
“It’s a very heavy indictment, which is evidence of nothing,” London said. “This isn’t numerous underage women, and we don’t know her credibility at all.”
Olmeda’s arrest comes in the wake of two NYPD cops being accused of handcuffing and raping a teenager in the back of a van. The cops, Richard Hall and Edwin Martins, are under investigation by the NYPD and the Brooklyn District Attorney, but no charges have been filed against them and they are still on the job.
Sources: www.nydailynews.com, https://newsmaven.io/keynewsnetwork/.
Originally published in Criminal Legal News on February 22, 2018.