Two veteran partners out of the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood division are accused of raping four women.
Two veteran Los Angeles Police Department officers have been charged with raping four women while on and off duty, sometimes in their police car, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
James Nichols, 44, and Luis Valenzuela, 43, are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday. The charges come more than five years after the duo’s first alleged victim came forward. The LAPD has come under intense scrutiny for allowing the officers to stay on the job for years after the first allegation surfaced and while three other women came forward with similar allegations of rape. The failure to take swift disciplinary action led to the victimization of at least one more woman, an LA County search warrant alleged.
Nichols and Valenzuela, who worked in the Hollywood Division’s narcotics unit, could not be reached for comment immediately.
According to the LAPD, both officers have been “relieved from duty” without pay, but are still with the department.
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