A Los Angeles police sergeant is suing a young woman he investigated for lewd conduct while she was still a minor, alleging he was put on paid leave after the Tarzana resident falsely accused him of taking nude images of her.
Sgt. Kosal Uch is seeking unspecified damages from Julianne Glass on allegations of defamation, slander and both intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
Glass could not be immediately reached on the suit filed against her on Friday.
The Los Angeles Superior Court complaint states that Uch, who worked in the LAPD’s Topanga Division, detained Glass on suspicion of engaging in lewd conduct last March 3. She was a minor at the time, according to the lawsuit.
“Plaintiff released defendant and instructed her to leave the area where she was detained,” the suit states.
However, Glass returned home, dialed 911 and claimed she was detained by a phony police officer, the suit alleges. Glass told the LAPD verbally and in writing that Uch took naked images of her, according to the plaintiff.
Because Glass was a minor at the time, her accusations prompted the LAPD Internal Affairs division to investigate “despite the fact that no such video was ever taken at any time during the incident,” the suit states.
Uch, of Newhall, has been on paid leave since the investigation started and has suffered “ridicule, embarrassment, humiliation, reputational harm and loss of opportunity” because of Glass’ false statements about him to the LAPD, the suit alleges.
— Wire reports