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Homestead Police Officer Juan Senabre was fired in June following an internal affairs investigation into his alleged run-in with the woman last December, police said. Internal Affairs Det. Antonio Aquino describes the allegations against Senabre, whose attorney, Teri Guttman-Valdes, said he denies the allegations.
A Homestead Police officer accused of asking a woman to show him her breasts and panties was fired recently, police said.
Officer Juan Senabre was fired in June following an internal affairs investigation into his alleged run-in with the woman. He pulled over Zenaida Figueroa-Ortiz as she pulled into a parking lot because she had a suspended license, his attorney said.
But police said the case was clear against Senabre, a six-year veteran officer.
"She was pulled over, taken into custody, taken to another location that she was handcuffed in the front and when he pulled through an alley by a two-story apartment building, he requested to see her breasts and her panties and asked her if she's ever been with a officer or crazy officer, something to that effect, and then he returned her to her friend's location when she refused," Internal Affairs Det. Antonio Aquino said.
Senabre was supposed to be at another call when he was running the woman's information in the computer system, Aquino said.
"In addition to running the information, he ran her information later on that night and pulled up her photographs, and his explanation was that he accidentally hit the button and pulled up her photograph," Aquino said.
Senabre's lawyer, Teri Guttman-Valdes, said he denies the allegations.
"He has rendered a sworn statement to internal affairs which he stands by. He did stop her because the tag indicated that the owner of the vehicle had a suspended driver's license," she said.
According to city documents obtained by The Miami Herald, Figueroa-Ortiz and her boyfriend had gotten something to eat and were parked on the side of Krome Terrace when Senabre drove by twice in his police car.
After they drove to a nearby friend's house, the officer stopped Figueroa-Ortiz. He told her she was going to be arrested, and put her in his car, the documents said. But instead of driving her to a police station, he drove around the corner to a dark apartment complex where he turned off the lights.
“I’m going to help you so you don’t go to jail,” Senabre said, according to a statement from Figueroa-Ortiz. “Have you ever been with a crazy policeman?”
When the woman told Senabre she's "not that type of girl" and asked to be taken to jail, the cop asked to see her breasts, the internal affairs report said.
Senabre allegedly asked to see her bra, and Figueroa-Ortiz refused. When a car started coming toward them, the officer turned on his lights and drove Figueroa-Ortiz back to her friend's home, according to the report.
Senabre told Figueroa-Ortiz to meet him at court the next day to take care of the suspended license though it's unclear if they met again, the report said.
Figueroa-Ortiz reported the incident a few days later. During a later hearing, Senabre's lawyer pointed out that there is no apartment complex near the area where the alleged incident happened, and said one of four witnesses wasn't able to pick Senabre out of a lineup.
Senabre, who had a previous suspension for ripping up payroll checks in a possible fraud case and two other complaints against him, was fired anyway. His termination will go to arbitration and he could get his job back, a city spokeswoman told the Herald.
"It doesn't make us feel good at all when officers are arrested, period," Aquino said. "We police ourselves and hold all our officers accountable."