A Miami Beach homicide detective was taken into custody Saturday, accused of having sex in a police car with a runaway teen he invited to live in his home.
Oldy Ochoa Jr., 48, a twenty-year veteran with the force, is charged with two counts of sexual battery, according to the Sun Sentinel.
It’s “a very sad day for our department,” Miami Beach Police Chief Dan Oates said in a statement.
According to the arrest report, Ochoa first met the girl when she was 11-year-old runaway after he was assigned to her missing-person’s case.
Ochoa later invited her to live in his his Pembroke Pines home “to give her a safe place to reside.” At the time the 17-year-old girl had been living with another family.
Ochoa petitioned the court to let the teen stay with his family and she moved in with Ocohoa in December, only to run away two months later.
According to the police report, the teen told a case worker that Ochoa began acting inappropriately with her in January, caressing her hand and kissing her while they sat on the living-room couch. On Feb. 13, Ochoa allegedly drove the girl in an unmarked police car to a school where she was taking GED classes. After parking in the alley, Ochoa had sex with her while wearing wearing his uniform.
A week later, Ochoa took the girl to a secluded wooded area and had sex with her in his police car again. Afterwards, Ochoa let the teen drive the unmarked police car back to his home.
In March, police executed several search warrants and investigators, with the help of the Broward Sheriff’s Office crime lab, discovered a mixture of Ochoa’s semen and the girl’s DNA in the front passenger seat.
Ochoa’s attorney, Robert C. Buschel, said that he could not comment about the allegations, but in an email wrote that Ochoa had, “served his community faithfully for over 20 years and looks forward to his day in court when all the facts will be presented to a jury,”
Ochoa has been on administrative leave since March.