A New York City police officer has been indicted on charges that he patronized a 15-year-old girl for prostitution and made videos of her performing sex acts, the Bronx district attorney’s office announced on Tuesday.
The officer, Raul Olmeda, 40, was suspended without pay and stripped of his gun and badge after he was arrested at his home in the Bronx around 6:30 a.m. by officers from the Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau, the authorities said.
Officer Olmeda was indicted on 15 counts of sexually motivated felony, the top charge, five counts of third-degree rape and other charges, officials said. He entered a plea of not guilty at an arraignment on Tuesday afternoon before Justice Steven Barrett of Bronx Supreme Court and was held on $250,000 bail. If convicted of the top charge, he would face up to 15 years in prison.
“They’re obviously very serious charges,” said Stuart London, a lawyer for the officer, who said he was “optimistic” that his client would eventually make bail. “My client vehemently denies the allegations.”
The indictment came as two city police detectives are under investigation by the Brooklyn district attorney’s office after they were accused of raping an 18-year-old woman while she was in their custody in September, according to city officials. Unlike those officers, assigned to a plainclothes narcotics unit, Officer Olmeda was assigned to work as a patrol officer in the 42nd Precinct, in the Bronx, the police said. He joined the force in January 2014.How he and the teenager met was not immediately clear. Meagan Powers, an assistant district attorney, noted in court that the girl was younger than 16 years old and said that the officer had had at least five encounters with her from late January to early April. The legal age of consent in New York is 17.