Former LAPD cadet files claim against city over alleged sexual abuse

A cadet patch is seen on a uniform during an LAPD Cadet Program Graduation. (AP)

A former police cadet who was allegedly sexually abused by a veteran Los Angeles Police Department officer has filed a claim against the city.

An attorney for the 15-year-old girl filed the claim Friday, alleging Officer Robert Cain was improperly supervised.

The alleged abuse was discovered after a separate scandal involving cadets who were joyriding in police cars, using police equipment and even impersonating officers.

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Cain was believed to have been involved in helping the cadets check out the equipment from the department. The 10-year veteran officer worked as an equipment room operator.

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The teen cadet with whom Cain was suspected of having a sexual relationship was among the group of cadets arrested in connection with the police cruiser theft, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said.

In a show of his seriousness in rooting out the source of the trouble, Beck personally put the cuffs on Cain when he was first arrested in June.

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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced the arrest of Officer Robert Cain for the alleged statutory rape of a juvenile cadet in a press conference Thursday.



Prosecutors filed charges against the 31-year-old, including the illegal possession and manufacturing of assault rifles.

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Authorities seized a cache of nearly 100 illegal weapons from his Rancho Cucamonga home. The weapons included illegally modified assault rifles and other restricted firearms.

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