California police officer arrested after allegedly masturbating at home during jammer call

California police officer arrested after allegedly masturbating at home during jammer call

A California police officer was arrested after being caught masturbating by a family who called police for help over a domestic disturbance, officials said Thursday.

32-year-old San Jose officer Matthew Dominguez allegedly “touched himself” in front of two female family members inside the home on April 21 — and then embarrassed himself to the mother, according to Santa Clara County prosecutors.

The “shocked and frightened” women ran to two men elsewhere in the home, and one of the women reportedly saw Dominguez expose himself in the dining area of ​​the home, the prosecutor said.

“The charged behavior is beyond troubling,” prosecutor Jeff Rosen said in a statement. “Law enforcement officers are responding to our homes to help victims of crime, not terrorize, traumatize and create new victims.”

Dominguez, who worked for the department for four years, had been called home with other officers because a mentally ill family member had turned violent, officials said.

Dominguez allegedly dispatched two other officers to find the mentally ill family member before exposing himself, prosecutors said.

The officer is on administrative leave pending the completion of an investigation, a San Jose police spokesman said. He was slapped with charges of indecent exposure and could face a year in prison and 10 years on the sex offenders’ register.

Police Chief Anthony Mata released a YouTube video Thursday showing him leading Dominguez out of the department’s Internal Affairs office.

San Jose official Matthew Dominguez is accused of showing his genitals to a family.
San Jose official Matthew Dominguez is accused of showing his genitals to a family.
Santa Clara County

“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,” Mata said in a statement provided to the Post.

According to NBC Bay Area, which first reported the allegations against Dominguez last week, the incident was one of several involving the department that have come to light in recent weeks.

Another officer has been furloughed for allegedly intoxicated response to a kidnapping report, while another is being investigated over claims he sold a meth pipe to a woman in exchange for information, NBC reported.

The police chief said he was proposing an amendment to the disciplinary procedure that would allow him to “speak frankly with the public” if he felt firing a police officer was the only option.

“Let me start by sharing my commitment to transparency,” he said in a previous statement. “Gone are the days of saying this is a ‘personnel matter’ in the San Jose Police Department. My administration and I will share what we can when it comes to investigations. Although the amount of information we can provide may be limited, we will provide it.”

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