LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say a veteran Los Angeles police detective has been charged with sexual battery on three women who worked at massage parlors in the San Fernando Valley.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said in a statement that Oris Pace was arrested on Jan. 2, but has since been released on bond.
A criminal complaint filed against Pace says he faces felony charges of assault by a police officer and sexual battery by restraint following an investigation by his own department.
The alleged crimes occurred between Jan. 2011 and Jan. 2012.
At the time, the 48-year-old Pace was a supervisor in the LAPD division that enforces business permits, including those for massage parlors.
According to prosecutors, an investigation was launched in 2011 after a female employee at the massage parlor complained of the detective’s behavior.
Pace allegedly forced three women to undress or undressed them himself and then fondled them while on duty, authorities said.
Pace is expected to be arraigned on Jan. 24. He faces up to nine years in state prison, if convicted.
The LAPD declined an on-camera interview but said that Pace was not on active duty.
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