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El Paso police officer arrested in sex assault case

February 11th, 2017 - Comments Off

EL PASO, Texas — Officials said a police officer in El Paso was arrested Friday for allegedly sexually assaulting and video recording women while on duty.

Jail records show Brian Michael Lujan was arrested Friday morning at his home on the East Side. He was booked into the El Paso County Jail on a charge of sexual assault and two counts of invasive visual recording.

Lujan was being held under a $325,000 bond. He is the second El Paso police officer arrested this week on sex assault charges following the unrelated arrest of a longtime detective who allegedly molested a female teen.

Officials said the accusations against Lujan involve three victims in three incidents over an extended period of time while Lujan was on duty.

The ages of the alleged victims and further details on the case were not immediately available.

The invasive visual recording charge, which is a state jail felony, involves taking photos or video of a person’s “intimate areas” without their consent, according to the Texas penal code.

Police officials said Lujan has been with the department for four years and is assigned to the Pebble Hills Regional Command Center. He has been placed on administrative leave.

Officials said the arrest was the result of a five-month investigation that began after a complaint was made to the Internal Affairs Division of the Police Department.

The complaint reportedly prompted two investigations — a criminal investigation by the police Special Investigations Unit with assistance from the FBI and an administrative investigation by Internal Affairs.

Another police officer was arrested Monday in a separate sex case. Detective Juan Carlos Gardea, 46, was arrested on a charge of sexual assault of a child for allegedly assaulting a 15-year-old female relative last weekend while off duty.

Gardea has been with the Police Department for 19 years and has been placed on administrative leave. Gardea remained jailed Friday under a $100,000 bond.

Mfrances is a news writer for NinjaCOPS.com where you can get high quality wholesale stun guns, self-defense weapons, and rechargeable stun gun flashlights.

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