Miami Beach Detective Suspended Over Accusations of Serial Sexual Battery on a Minor
Oldy Ochoa Jr. allegedly met the girl while working on a case. The two flirted on Facebook and e-mail, and -- according to the girl -- the Miami Beach Police detective photographed his young muse as she posed suggestively.
According to a search warrant obtained by CBS 4 News, the girl had a troubled past and spent a lot of time in the police department with officers.
Now the 17-year-old is saying that Ochoa sexually battered her on two occasions in his police car. The first incident allegedly occurred behind a strip mall in Pembroke Pines, which is where Ochoa lives. The girl told police that a second incident occurred in a wooded part of Northwest Miami-Dade.
Ochoa has been suspended with pay as police look into the accusations. His police car has been mined for DNA samples, and the investigation is ongoing.
"We take these allegations very seriously," Miami Beach Chief Raymond Martinez says. "We are cooperating with the Pembroke Pines Police Department to make sure there is a thorough investigation."
Ochoa joined the beach police force in 1991 and started off small. In 1993, the Miami Herald reported that he was deployed to a city commission meeting in case an angry man in crutches came by to disturb the peace. But as he became a veteran officer, he graduated to homicide, where he apparently worked on some high profile murder cases, including the probe into the murder of transexual woman Rene "Rosita" Hidalgo a year-and-a-half ago.
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