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.
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"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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