San Francisco Police Department Officials have been investigating one of their officers since September last year on sexual assault charges. On Monday, that police officer was arrested following the completion of the investigation by internal affairs.
Authorities said that the probe on Officer Justin McCall was triggered by allegations of criminal conduct while he was off duty.
As soon as the investigation started, 30-year-old McCall was removed from his assignment in the field and assigned to a position where he did not have contact with the public.
McCall is a San Francisco resident and a four-year veteran of the SFPD. He was arrested at exactly 1 p.m. on Monday and booked into San Francisco County Jail. He has been suspended without pay pending trial.
The authorities did not give a full account of his alleged crime, only that McCall faces charges of sexual assault when the victim is prevented from resisting by an intoxicating substance and for sexual assault of a victim who was unconscious or asleep.
The San Francisco Police Department released a press statement and said: “The public’s trust is of the utmost importance to the members of the SFPD and the Department will continue to work hard to build and maintain this trust.”
San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said that they will continue to hold each other in their ranks accountable and will act swiftly and decisively for any behavior that might bring dishonor to the police for or to San Francisco City, the thing is there have been several other incidents of San Francisco police officers getting into legal trouble in the past year.
On July last year, Officer Joshua Enea, a 10-year veteran of the department was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of child pornography. While in September also of last year, Officer Joel Babbs was arrested on misdemeanor charges of using false vehicle registration sticker and filing a false police report.