Lopez was on-duty and in uniform when he forced himself on the 44-year-old woman, reaching inside her jeans to touch her sexually, boasting that he wouldn’t be caught.
Pasco, FL — Deputy Carlos Lopez and a fellow deputy, of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a call about a possible domestic dispute at the house of a 44-year-old woman.
Three days later, on Halloween night, Lopez decided to go back to the house conduct a followup, alone.
When Lopez arrived at the unnamed woman’s home he forced himself on her. According to the Sheriff’s Office report, Lopez arrived, on-duty in uniform and forced himself on the 44-year-old woman, reaching inside her jeans to touch her sexually, boasting that he wouldn’t be caught.
According to the Tampa Bay Times:
A report about the sexual battery contains lurid details about the four-year deputy’s alleged misconduct.
Lopez asked the woman into her garage and became flirtatious, according to the report. He grabbed her wrist and pulled her toward him, her hand brushing his gun, the report says. The deputy then kissed her, pressing his tongue into her mouth, an advance that made her feel “uncomfortable” and “numb,” she told detectives. When he began kissing her neck, she pushed him back and asked, “What are you doing?”
According to the report, he told her he “could last for hours” and that “I’m not going to get caught.” Then, the report says, he forced his hand inside her underwear and touched her, so she attempted to pretend someone was coming into the garage so he would stop. She walked inside the house.
The deputy followed her and tried to guide her toward a bedroom, asking if she wanted to touch him, according to the report. When the victim said no and walked into the living room, Lopez eventually left.
On Monday, the woman reported the incident, telling investigators that she would have fought Lopez, but that his position of authority intimidated her.
According to the arrest affidavit, Lopez is recorded in two separate phone calls to the woman confirming the details of the incident.
The woman told police that she had to report this incident because Lopez is an officer of the law. She said that she only complied with his advances because he holds a position of authority.
“This person absolutely committed a crime, and I don’t care if he wears a uniform, it doesn’t matter that he wore a star — he’s a criminal,” Sheriff Chris Nocco said in a news conference Thursday. “To ensure that we have the public’s trust, we have to do the tough things. And sometimes the tough thing is to put handcuffs on somebody you used to work with.”
“When you act like a criminal, you’re going to be treated like a criminal. Carlos Lopez is a criminal,” said Nocco.
Lopez was arrested and booked into the Pasco County Jail with bond set at $50,000. He has since posted bail.