Ex-LAPD cop arrested for sexually assaulting four boys
An ex-LAPD officer, who had once received the Medal of Valor, has been charged with sexually assaulting four boys between the ages of 11 and 13 at his home while working as a police officer.
Paul Razo, 46, was arrested last Wednesday by detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Special Victims Unit, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Razo faces eight counts of lewd acts upon a child, according to the district attorney's office.
Child Sexual Abuse Allegations
Razo is expected to be arraigned today at the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pomona Branch, and has been in custody since his arrest with bail set at $2.5 million.
District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement, "The allegations of sexual abuse against vulnerable children, in this case, are deeply disturbing, and it's particularly troubling that the defendant was a law enforcement officer at the time."
Gascón expressed his sympathy for the victims, who were reportedly betrayed by someone they trusted. He stated, "Childhood sexual abuse causes immeasurable harm, and our hearts go out to the victims who were victimized by someone they trusted."
He further assured that his office would do everything possible to ensure the victims receive the support and resources they need to heal.
Details of the Alleged Assaults
Razo is accused of sexually assaulting two boys related to him. One of the victims was 11 or 12 when the abuse began, while the other boy was about 13.
The other two victims were the sons of a woman Razo was dating, who reportedly spent the night regularly at Razo's Covina home. These boys were 9 or 10 and 12 at the time of the alleged assault.
The assaults allegedly occurred at various times between 2006 and 2017.
Razo served in the department for 24 years, with his final assignment being as a training coordinator in the Hollywood area. As reported by NBC Los Angeles, he departed from the department in March.
The LAPD said in a statement that it is conducting an internal investigation.
"Chief Michel Moore is deeply disturbed by these allegations as they are in direct opposition to the Department’s Core Values and expectations of a Los Angeles Police Officer," the statement continued.
Razo's Service Record and Valor
Razo was awarded the Medal of Valor for rescuing a man trapped in a burning car while off-duty in Glendora in July 2016. He leaned inside the burning vehicle and dragged the male passenger out through the window. The driver was killed on impact.
As the investigations are ongoing, law enforcement officials are seeking information about any additional victims of Razo.