CALEXICO — A Calexico police officer under suspicion of the statutory rape of a 16-year-old girl could face criminal charges this week, according to Calexico City Attorney Michael Rood.
The girl was a volunteer member of the Calexico Police Department's Explorer youth program, according to city sources.
The officer could face criminal charges because an internal investigation by the Calexico Police Department has been turned over to Imperial County District Attorney Gilbert Otero, according to City Manager Richard Inman.
The officer, who has been accused of improper relations with the girl and violating departmental policy, has been suspended with pay for the past week during the internal investigation, according to Rood.
Calexico Police Chief Tommy Tunson said, "We discovered a discrepancy and turned it over to the district attorney for investigation."
Otero said this morning the police officer has not yet been arrested.
The name of the police officer allegedly involved is being withheld by authorities. The name of the minor will not be reported because of her age and concerns for her privacy.