DENVER – A Denver police officer has been arrested after a woman he met during an investigation last month accused him of sexual assault, authorities said Saturday.
Johnny Leon-Alvarez, 29, was booked at the Denver Detention Center in the investigation of a sexual assault reported early Friday. Moreover, the troubled officer was suspended without pay, the Denver Police Department said in a press release.
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Leon-Alvarez has been a Denver police officer since 2018.
According to FOX31 Denver, an arrest affidavit said Leon-Alvarez first met the 27-year-old victim last month when he and other officers responded to a domestic call at her home. The woman told police she called “regarding an argument she had with her significant other.”
Leon-Alvarez kept in touch with the woman following the call, according to local media that obtained the affidavit.
“One of the officers who responded began texting her afterward to check on her,” the Denver Post reported, citing the affidavit. “Over time the (texts) became flirty, until the previous evening (Thursday) when they arranged to go on a date.”
The woman told police she “remembered having a couple of shots and a couple of beers” during their date before they left, and Leon-Alvarez brought her home.
“She tried to say goodnight at the door. She did not remember how he ended up coming in the house,” according to the statement. The woman told police “she was trying to push him off of her, while telling him no and to please stop.”
The roommate corroborated the woman’s report, saying she heard the woman say “no” and “please stop” several times, according to the affidavit.
Leon-Alvarez was held Saturday at the detention center, with bail set at $50,000. He was released later that day, FOX31 reported.