A 10-year veteran Los Angeles police officer pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of raping two women — one in 2015 and the other in 2018 — while he was off-duty.
William Rodriguez, 33, is charged with two counts of forcible rape, along with an allegation of multiple victims.
Rodriguez was arrested at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday and he remains jailed on $1.2 million bail. He is due back in court July 30.
Rodriguez is accused of sexually assaulting a female acquaintance at his home on Nov. 1, 2018, according to Deputy District Attorney Ann Marie Wise.
Rodriguez’s DNA was entered into the state’s DNA database during an investigation by the LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division’s Sexual Assault Section into the alleged attack, resulting in a “cold hit” notification involving an unsolved sexual assault from 2015, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
That assault involved a second female victim who was allegedly raped under similar circumstances, prosecutors said.
The criminal complaint alleges the earlier attack occurred Aug. 16, 2015.
Rodriguez was off-duty at the time of the alleged crimes, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Rodriguez was most recently assigned to the LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division and has been “relieved of his police powers,” according to a statement released by the LAPD.
“When one of our own breaks the trust of the people we are sworn to protect and to serve, it tarnishes the badge we all wear proudly on our chests,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore said in the statement. “This arrest also reflects our commitment to pursue every lead no matter where the investigation takes us.”
Rodriguez could face up to 30 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged.
The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union representing LAPD officers, issued a statement saying if the allegations are proven true, Rodriguez’s “conduct is sickening.”
“Police officers are sworn to protect people, not prey upon them,” according to the LAPPL. “We hope the victims and the public understand that the vile acts of any one individual shouldn’t tarnish the reputations of our officers who protect the people of Los Angeles on a daily basis in an honorable manner.”