Bronx Officer Charged with Sexually Motivated Felony and Other Charges; Patronized Teen for Prostitution, Promoted Obscene Sexual Performances
Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced that a New York City police officer has been indicted on sex offenses and other charges stemming from patronizing an underage girl for prostitution and inducing her to perform sex acts in videos.
District Attorney Clark said, “The defendant is charged with 67 counts including numerous sex offenses, for alleged sexual acts with a young girl. The defendant preyed on the vulnerable young woman and videotaped his demeaning and dehumanizing acts. It is especially disturbing that these crimes are alleged against a member of the NYPD.”
New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill said, "The nature and scope of the charges in this indictment are egregious. The fact that the defendant is an NYPD officer evidences an unconscionable violation of his oath to uphold the law and protect the public. I commend the professional actions of the NYPD investigators who initiated this case as well as the thorough follow-up by the Internal Affairs Bureau in assisting Bronx prosecutors in the securing of a criminal indictment.”
District Attorney Clark said the defendant, Raul Olmeda, 40, of the Bronx, who was assigned to the 42nd Precinct but has been on modified duty, was indicted on 15 counts of Sexually Motivated Felony, five counts of Use of Child in a Sexual Performance, five counts of third-degree Rape, four counts of third-degree Criminal Sexual Act, nine counts of third-degree Aggravated Patronizing a Minor for Prostitution, third-degree Patronizing a Person for Prostitution, five counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, five counts of Promoting an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child, five counts of Possessing an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child, five counts of Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child, five counts of Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child, fourth-degree Tampering with a Witness, Official Misconduct and Unauthorized Use of a Computer.
Olmeda was arraigned today before Bronx Supreme Court Justice Steven Barrett and bail was set at $250,000. He is due back on October 16, 2017. If convicted of the top charge, he faces up to 15 years in prison.
According to the investigation, between late January of 2017 and early April of 2017, the defendant allegedly repeatedly paid a teenage girl for sex and videotaped her in multiple sexual acts. While executing a search warrant on the defendant’s home, authorities seized numerous hard drives as well as a computer, cell phone and other electronic media. The investigation is ongoing.
District Attorney Clark thanked the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau’s Group 21 for its assistance in the investigation.
An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.