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2 Oxnard cops accused of sexual assault

April 18, 2008 9:30:10 AM PDT
Two Oxnard police officers are under investigation Friday morning after being accused of sexual assault and misconduct.The allegations stem from the alleged 2006 rape of a 12-year-old at a substation.

The Oxnard Police Chief John Crombach said the victim's mother reported the crime, accusing 43-year-old senior officer Martin Polo of the crime. The parents are suing Polo and the city for $10 million.

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His partner Frank Brisslinger, 41, is accused of misconduct and misbehavior while on duty.

Both are on paid leave, but Crombach insists the allegations are being taken seriously.

"We initiated the investigation, we provided that to the D.A. for prosecution, and as these other administrative issues came up, we vigorously investigate those as well, so if there's truly the misconduct as alleged then these people will be held accountable. I can guarantee you that," Crombach said.

Polo is a 20-year veteran in the department.

Meanwhile, the department struggles to overcome what they call a serious black mark.

The 12-year-old girl is reportedly being treated at a Utah hospital for teens with emotional problems.

The D.A.'s Office is expected to make a decision on whether to file criminal charges against Polo within the next 30 to 60 days.

 

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