Bay Area cop charged with masturbating in front of family during domestic violence call

Bay Area cop charged with masturbating in front of family during domestic violence call

A Bay Area police officer has been accused of masturbating in front of a family who called police during a tense domestic violence call.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has charged Matthew Dominguez, 32, with a misdemeanor after he responded to a restraining order on the evening of April 21.

An unidentified person, whose family had issued a domestic violence restraining order against him, allegedly violated the order and was at the family home, according to a filing by the district attorney’s office.

The mother, identified as Ms S in the statement, the father, Mr A, and their 23-year-old daughter called police. Dominguez and two other officers arrived at the scene, with the former taking on the “lead investigative role,” the statement said.

Dominguez began the investigation by speaking to the daughter.


“Officer Dominguez took an interest in her and continued to interact with her almost exclusively,” the statement said.

After giving the officer a possible location, Dominguez allegedly ordered the other two officers to conduct the search. As he “walked around the house,” the statement said, “he managed to keep his daughter in view of his body-worn camera.”

The daughter then asked Dominguez about her brother’s GPS monitor, which she – and Ms. S., the mother – picked up together. After Dominguez was handed the monitor, the mother claimed Dominguez unzipped his pants and started rubbing his crotch. The daughter is also said to have witnessed this.

Later the daughter went into the kitchen to get her mother a glass of water. Dominguez reportedly followed her into the kitchen.

When he turned to face Ms. S., “she saw Officer Dominguez’s penis fully exposed outside of his pants,” the statement said.

The mother and daughter then went to find Mr A, the father, and they called an uncle who was close to the crime scene.

When Mr. A returned to the kitchen, “he saw Officer Dominguez looking out of the kitchen with his erect penis in his left hand and his right hand on the counter.” Mr. A left the house; A few minutes later, Dominguez reportedly left and got back to work.

“The alleged behavior is beyond disturbing,” said District Attorney Jeff Rosen. “Law enforcement officers are responding to our homes to help victims of crime, not terrorize, traumatize and create new victims.”

This is not the first misconduct incident involving the San Jose Police Department in the last month. An officer investigating the kidnapping of three-month-old Brandon Cuellar was allegedly intoxicated during the investigation and tipped off an FBI agent at the scene, KRON reported.

Dominguez is on administrative leave following the incident, prosecutors said. His indictment is scheduled for June 22.

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