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Cop's Arrest Triggers DNA 'Cold Hit'

William Rodriguez, 33, faces 30 years if found guilty of two rapes
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2019 3:49 PM CDT
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(Newser) – An LAPD officer arrested for rape is now facing a second rape accusation thanks to a nationwide DNA check, ABC 7 reports. Officer William Rodriguez, 33, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly raping a female acquaintance at his home last November. Detectives then linked him to an unsolved 2015 rape by using the Combined DNA Index System, a DNA database created and maintained by the FBI. Investigators say Rodriguez, a Valley Traffic Division cop in Van Nuys, was off-duty both times. He's being detained on $1.2 million bail and faces up to 30 years if found guilty on both charges.

This isn't LA's first brush with law officers accused of rape. The Los Angeles City Council approved a $2 million payment in March to settle a lawsuit with a woman who was sexually attacked by two police officers in 2009, the LA Times reports. And in 2018, two cops pleaded no contest to sexually assaulting several woman while on duty. The officers, Luis Valenzuela and James C. Nichols, said one worked as lookout while the other committed rape in an unmarked car. They're now serving 25 years each in state prison. (An LA detective is accused of raping a 15-year-old who sought police help.)

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