Orlando police officer charged with rape www.privateofficer.com
Orlando Fla Dec 5 2012 A veteran Orlando police officer was arrested today after he was accused of raping a woman before taking her to jail, Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney said at a news conference.
Officer Roderick D. Johnson was booked at the Orange County Jail around 2:30 p.m. on two counts of sexual battery by a law-enforcement officer, jail records show.
He is being held on $10,500 bail. The investigation into Johnson began weeks ago after the alleged victim notified jail staff. She told jail officials that Johnson took her to an undisclosed location after she had been arrested and they had sexual relations.
The officer then took the woman to the jail, where she was booked for an undisclosed crime. Citing the advice of the department’s attorneys, Rooney declined to release details of the investigation, including the location where the alleged rape took place.
He wouldn’t disclose the charges the woman faced at the time of her arrest. This is not the first time Johnson, a 20-year veteran of OPD, has been in trouble. In 2006, a South Florida man sued the city of Orlando and several officers, including Johnson, after he was hit with a Taser at the Roxy nightclub.
The man settled the civil-rights lawsuit in 2011 for just under $25,000. Also in 2006, Johnson was accused of trying to intervene when another officer pulled over Juan Lynum, the adult son of City Commissioner Daisy Lynum. Johnson was assigned as Lynum’s liaison at the time. Juan Lynum claimed the officer was racially profiling him during the traffic stop in Parramore and called his mother.
Police records indicate Johnson called the officer and asked him to let Lynum go without a ticket. During an internal-affairs investigation into Johnson’s actions, he denied that he told his fellow officer to let Lynum go without a ticket. Johnson did not face discipline in the matter.
In 2009, the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office filed two counts of misdemeanor battery against Johnson following allegations that he hit a 15-year-old boy during an arrest.
He pleaded no contest, records show. Johnson has worked as a school-resource officer in the past and was assigned to the crime-prevention division in the community-relations unit.
Before his arrest, he was assigned to the patrol division. Johnson will remain on paid leave pending the outcome of the sexual-battery investigation.