Van Nuys, CA—A LAPD officer has been charged in two separate rapes against women while off duty.
33-year-old William Rodriguez, who is a ten year veteran of the force, was accused of rape by a female acquaintance at his home in 2015.
DNA from a rape-kit in the reported rape linked Rodriguez to another case in 2015.
Rodriguez is currently in police custody on a $1.2 million dollar bail and faces 30-years to life if convicted. Rodriguez has also been fired from the LAPD.
“When one of our own breaks the trust of the people we are sworn to protect and to serve, it tarnishes the badge we all wear proudly on our chests,” Police Chief Michel Moore said in a statement. “This arrest also reflects our commitment to pursue every lead no matter where the investigation takes us.”