Thursday, March 15, 2012

CA - Modesto cop (Lee Freddie Gaines II) accused of forcible sex crimes on duty

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By C. Johnson

MODESTO - A police officer recently terminated from the Modesto Police Department has been indicted on sex offenses allegedly committed while he was on duty.

Detectives arrested Lee Freddie Gaines II Thursday on suspicion of oral copulation by force, violence, duress, or fear of bodily injury, being armed with a firearm in the commission of a sexual offense, and a felony sex offense enhancement, said police department spokesman Lt. Rick Armendariz.

The investigation into Gaines II began Jan. 8 after the department received a report of the alleged crimes taking place on Jan. 5. The alleged victim is a woman and the alleged offenses were committed while Gaines II, a uniformed officer, was on the job, Armendariz said.

Gaines II had been with the department five years. He was placed on administrative leave when the report was taken and then terminated Feb. 10.

Gaines II has been booked into Stanislaus County Jail.

"Those who are sworn to enforce the law have a special obligation to obey it. I'm disappointed and disgusted at this former officer's conduct. His actions were abhorrent and not representative of the dedicated staff who work tirelessly to serve the community," said Modesto Police Chief Michael Harden in a statement.

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