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A Northern California police officer has been suspended over allegations that he masturbated at a family home, where he was sent for a disturbance while his department grappled with a series of recent controversies involving its staff, authorities said.
San Jose officer Matthew Dominguez, 32, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of indecent disclosure over an incident said to have happened on April 21.
“The alleged conduct is beyond disturbing,” Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said. “Law enforcement officers are responding to our homes to help crime victims, not terrorize, traumatize and create new victims.”
Dominguez, a four-year veteran of the force, along with two other officers, responded to a call at a home about a mentally ill person who was violent towards family members. After launching an investigation, Dominguez sent the other two officers to locate the individual.
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He then touched himself in front of two female family members and exposed his mother, authorities said. The victims fled and reported the incident to two male relatives nearby. Dominguez was also witnessed allegedly baring himself in the dining area of the house.
Video from the department shows San Jose Police Chief Anthony Mata escorting Dominguez out of the department’s Office of Internal Affairs.
“Last week I said that if an officer violated public trust or engaged in criminal activity, I would personally bring that officer out the door. Today I did it,” he said in a statement.
The arrests come amid a series of controversies that have engulfed the San Jose Police Department in recent weeks.
Another officer has been suspended after allegations he traded a meth pipe with a woman in exchange for information.
The alleged incident has been under investigation since December, San Jose Police Department Sgt. Christian Camarillo told Fox News. He did not reveal the officer’s name or details of the case, saying it was a personnel matter.
On Friday, an off-duty officer was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence before a two-car collision, The Mercury News reported.
Also last week, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that San Jose official De’Jon Packer died of a fentanyl overdose. According to the newspaper, he was found dead at his home in Milpitas on March 13.
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Another officer is under investigation for allegedly being under the influence of alcohol on duty and working on a case where a 3-month-old baby was kidnapped.
The child was found unharmed a day later. On Thursday, Mata said he wanted to propose changes to the disciplinary process and that any misconduct could result in prompt dismissal as well as criminal prosecution and the disqualification of a police officer. .