Officers Harold James and Luis Hernandez have been arrested after breaking laws they vowed to uphold, authorities said. Attorney Hernan Hernandez comments on the arrests.
The Miami Police officer arrested for allegedly kidnapping and sexually battering a woman while on duty is being held without bond, a Miami-Dade judge said Thursday.
Luis Hernandez, 27, made his initial court appearance on charges of armed sexual battery by a law enforcement officer and armed kidnapping. Internal affairs detectives arrested Hernandez Wednesday after DNA evidence supported a woman’s claims that he attacked her in November 2011, police said.
Judge Miguel de la O and Hernandez said good morning to each other before the judge addressed the case in Thursday’s hearing.
“There is probable cause has already been found by another judge based on the warrant, and it’s a no bond offense,” de la O told Hernandez.
The judge added “Good luck to you, sir,” before the hearing, which lasted about a minute, wrapped up.
On Nov. 26, 2011, Hernandez picked up the 44-year-old victim from a colleague at police headquarters to transport her to the Miami-Dade County Jail after she was arrested following a bar fight, police said.
But he drove her to a parking lot off the 2500 block of Northwest 2nd Avenue, the victim said. She told police that he poured a liquid onto a scratch on her breast, lifted her shirt, and began fondling her.
Hernandez, who was wearing his police uniform, removed his duty belt and exposed himself, according to police documents. The victim also said that he told her to “get down,” which she said she believed was a demand for oral sex. She refused, but claimed that Hernandez began fondling her private parts, according to police.
A defense attorney is not yet listed for Hernandez in online Miami-Dade court records, and the clerk of courts office could not be reached for more information Thursday afternoon.
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