Two LAPD Cops Allegedly Raped Female Informants, Sex Workers Over Several Years

Two LAPD officers, Luis Valenzuela and James Nichols, are under investigation for reportedly using the threat of arrest to rape at least four women over the course of several years. Two of the women reported working for the officers as confidential informants, while one says she was detained for prostitution and another was allegedly stopped while she was simply out walking.

DASHBot/Wikimedia CommonsDASHBot/Wikimedia CommonsIn a search warrant affidavit released yesterday, an LAPD Internal Affairs officer outlined the allegations against the officers.

According to the affidavit, the department was first made aware of the officers’ alleged behavior in January 2010 when a woman who worked as an informant for Valenzuela and Nichols reported being detained by the plain clothes officers while she was out walking; she was then forced to perform sex acts on one of the men. The investigation was eventually dropped. 

A year later, another woman filed a complaint with LAPD supervisors, alleging that Valenzuela raped her under almost identical circumstances. While she was walking down the street in Hollywood, Valenzuela ordered her into his undercover police vehicle or be arrested. Once inside, Valenzuela allegedly told her, “If you don’t suck my dick, you’re going to jail.” He then “grabbed her by the back of her head and forced her to perform oral copulation on him,” while Nichols sat in the front seat.

A sex worker also came forward, following an anonymous complaint filed with the department that “unknown LAPD officers were exchanging sexual favors from prostitutes in lieu of arrest.” The woman claimed that Nichols raped her twice. Both times he detained and handcuffed her, drove to a secluded area, and pulled out his erect penis. At one point, Nichols allegedly asked the woman, “You don’t want to go to jail today, do you?”

Additionally, a second confidential informant who worked with Valenzuela and Nichols for over a year claimed that the men insisted on using sex as a bargaining tool as she worked off her arrest.

According to the LA Times:

Sources familiar with the case…said police officials determined from the investigation that there was enough evidence of misconduct to have Nichols and Valenzuela fired.

Under city rules, the chief of police does not have the authority to fire an officer outright. Instead, Chief Charlie Beck ordered discipline hearing panels that will decide if the officers are guilty of the allegations and, if so, whether they should be fired or given a lesser punishment.

Valenzuela, a 16-year department veteran, and Nichols, who has been an officer for nearly 13 years, were suspended with pay during the investigation. They are no longer being paid as they await the disciplinary hearing.

As the officers prepare for the hearing, Nichols' attorney claimed the women "have no credibility."

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  • ||

    And you thought 'Training Day' and 'The Shield' were works of fiction.

  • Almanian!||

    I thought they were training manuals?

    /LAPig

  • ||

    Even Vic and the Strike Team didn't rape anybody as far as I remember. Maybe Shane did.

    Now, if you had said Bad Lieutenant...

  • ||

    Yeah, but I'm talking about movies and TV shows that feature the LAPD.

  • ||

    Well maybe you should have made that clear!

  • Almanian!||

    Serious like to make a brother work for it.

    DICK.

  • ||

    It should have been obvious from the pattern!

    How long were you pissing on the toilet lid before someone told you to lift it up?

  • ||

    Just now?

  • Almanian!||

    Well, yeah. But I didn't hear that it was RAPE rape, so...Whoopy says it's OK.

  • SIV||

  • BakedPenguin||

    Beat me to it.

  • AlmightyJB||

    I never knew that LAPD had their own theme song

  • fish||

    PROCEDURES WERE FOLLOWED.....OFFICER SAFETY......TO SERVE AND PROTECT.......

    Derpidy derp derp derp!

  • Hugh Akston||

    As the officers prepare for the hearing, Nichols' attorney claimed the women "have no credibility."

    He should talk.

  • Curtisls87||

    Who would you more readily believe, a lawyer or a prostitute? Wait...

  • ||

    I want to show you something. It's my shocked face.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    This is a crazy idea, but what if "due process" in cases like this involved criminal proceedings in an open courtroom instead of union reps and police bureaucrats colluding to orchestrate a coverup and the return of these Noble Ones to duty?

  • wheelock||

    No shit. How the hell do they get away with this "oh yeah well they are unpaid leave while we investigate" bullshit. They should be arrested and tried like anyone else. So infuriating.

  • Almanian!||

    They should be arrested and tried like anyone else

    JUST what I'd expect from a POS civilian! Don't you know it's WAR out there? WAR! These people protect you, and they deserve to see their families at night after a day protecting and serving.

    Fuck no, let's not recognize what our Thin Blue Line offers us each and every day. Fuck 'em, like the scum they protect us from. EVERY DAY.

    Fucking ungrateful civilian POS gonna be ungrateful I guess. Fucking POS.

  • wheelock||

    Yeah. That.

  • Black&Yellow||

    Ha, is this real?

  • ||

    If this was a plot to a movie, the climax (heh....sorry) would involve the victims castrating the officers in a burning house.

    Come to think of it, that is a movie. I just can't remember which one.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    She spits on your grsve...I mean how would I know?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    In the LAPD's defense, at the time they thought the ladies were Christopher Dorner.

  • Almanian!||

    +100 bullet holes in the cab of your Dodge Chevy Toyota Ford pickup work truck car maybe it was a moped? vehicle.

  • ||

    Remember kids, the LAPD is better than it used to be.

  • ||

    What's scary is that supposedly the Seattle PD used to be way worse too. Way worse than shooting woodcarving Native American hobos within seconds of encountering him, or tackling a guy who did nothing but run because he was scared into the side of Cinerama hard enough to put him in a permanent coma, or punching unruly teenage girls in the face, or...

  • ||

    Did you watch the British Life On Mars?

  • XR||

    Cops rape prostitutes.

    Hear that faint buzzing sound? Look at my fingers. That is the world's smallest violin.

  • GILMORE||

    But what if it was your mom?

  • John C. Randolph||

    It WAS his mom. That's why he hates prostitutes.

    -jcr

  • Hugh Akston||

    That comment was a solid first entry in the Emperor of Assholes competition, but I'm afraid Peter King is still way ahead of you.

  • ||

    Lemme guess XR. You are a cop?

  • ||

    Yeah. It's like totally the same thing as stealing from a wanted felon or something.

  • GILMORE||

    To steal a joke from Brass Eye... =

    "Two LAPD Cops Allegedly Raped Female Informants, Sex Workers Over Several Years"

    "But it hasn't happened recently?"

    "No"

    "Well, alright then."

  • Andrew S.||

    Procedures were followed. Women were raped.

  • XR||

    Libertarians tell us we should support legalizing prostitution because it's "none of our business." But the first thing they do is to make it our business by trying to force us to protect them from being raped. Our police forces should not be wasting their resources protecting hookers from being raped. They should focus on real crime.

  • GILMORE||

    Yeah, but what if it was your mom?

    That said....

    "Our police forces should not be wasting their resources protecting hookers from being raped"

    Agreed.

    But apparently Raping 'em themselves is a "Appropriate Use of Resources"?

    ....which brings us back to your whore-mother...

  • GILMORE||

    *Actually I don't really agree with cops not protecting whores from being raped any more I think cops shouldn't protect anyone selling things from having them stolen, but we really needed some kind of transition back to your diseased slut whore mother.

  • XR||

    I think cops shouldn't protect anyone selling things from having them stolen

    So you are an anarchist?

  • GILMORE||

    So your whore mother never taught you to read the whole sentence?

  • Calidissident||

    It's American. Since when has reading comprehension been a strength of his?

  • ||

    I agree it's 'Murrican, but this trollkin managed to type out the sentence "This is not about race." Maybe he had a stroke or something?

  • wheelock||

    And just why the fuck does a prostitute deserve to be raped? Dirtbag.

  • XR||

    It's not about whether the prostitute deserves to be raped, it's about whether everyone else deserves to be forced to protect her from it. A true "leave me alone" solution would be to make both prostitution and raping a prostitute legal.

  • wheelock||

    Um... Yeah... You are true piece of shit. Response not warranted, but well, fuck off.

  • XR||

    LEAVE ME ALONE LEAVE ME ALONE LEAVE ME ALONE!

    [.....]

    HELP ME HELP ME HELP ME!

  • GILMORE||

    Your impersonation of your whore mother being raped by cops needs more *feeling*.

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    You don't quite have a handle on libertarianism, do you?

  • Finrod||

    There are a lot of things he doesn't quite have a handle on, including logic and human decency.

  • Ted S.||

    it's about whether everyone else deserves to be forced to protect her from it.

    Who forced these pieces of shit to become cops?

  • gaoxiaen||

    If they ever have to face actual criminal charges, maybe they can plea bargain down to theft of services.

  • ||

    Well well well.. look who doesn't "get" natural rights.

  • ||

    'Murrican is just concerned they might be white White women selling their bodies to lesser races.

  • XR||

    This is not about race. This is about fairness.

  • ||

    Enlighten me on how this about fairness?

    If I sell books and I display those books on a shelf, do I deserve to have someone walk off with those books without paying because those books are on display on a shelf?

  • XR||

    No, because you are providing a service to society by selling books. Most people would be eager to make sure you and your property are protected, that is just basic common sense. In contrast, you ask people to protect filthy whores they despise based on some twisted ideology.

  • GILMORE||

    " In contrast, you ask people to protect filthy whores they despise based on some twisted ideology."

    This twisted ideology being "don't rape people".

    Which your mom agrees with = why rape people when she's perfectly willing to let them do whatever they want for a reasonable fee?

  • Meni||

    Which your mom agrees with = why rape people when she's perfectly willing to let them do whatever they want for a reasonable fee?

    Well a lot of them cheap-scate Jews want to get it for free. Once again none of this makes sense f you don't look at it through the lens of the Jewish question

  • ||

    That makes perfect sense. So if I'm selling a product that has no subjective value to you say Pepsi, vegemite, Twizzlers or D&D books in the late '80s it's just peachy to steal them.

  • XR||

    Most of society would not want you to be robbed if you are selling pepsi. Cocaine is a another matter.

  • Pathogen||

    And, what portion of society would you say that *you* represent?

  • ||

    What about D&D books in the late '80s, XR? It's not fun if you only respond to the joke examples.

    Good Christian folk were VERY distraught about how those FILTHY books were bringing Satan into their homes. It's ok to steal those, right? I bet you wouldn't mind if I were pistol whipped and left bleeding while they took my stock because it was distasteful to society.

  • ||

    twisted ideology = human beings, no matter what their profession, have a right not to be physically violated.

    You may be right Gilmore. The hate for prostitutes may stem from XR watching his mom turn tricks in the living room when he was a child.

  • GILMORE||

    "The hate for prostitutes may stem from XR watching his mom turn tricks in the living room when he was a child."

    ...and him wanting to play "Police Officer" too, but SHE WOULDNT LET HIM!!

  • GILMORE||

    "XR|11.6.13 @ 6:46PM|#

    This is not about race. This is about fairness."

    I know you feel its unfair for these whores to be "raped" when you'd be perfectly willing to take it up the ass from the whole precinct [much less a couple of flatfoot beat-cops].. but the fact is, even the most degenerate police officers find you a disgusting unfuckable mess and would rather put you in a bag and throw you in the river like they did your mom.

  • XR||

    Have you always been this full of hate?

  • GILMORE||


    "XR|11.6.13 @ 7:08PM|#
    Have you always been this full of hate?"

    Its only because I miss your mom.

  • Pathogen||

    "Have you always been this full of hate?"

    Lol... that's rich...

  • Finrod||

    You can tell they've run out of arguments when they call you a racist, or full of hate.

  • Dweebston||

    If Reason hosted a commenter Oscars, you'd have my nomination.

  • Hugh Akston||

    So you think he's just jealous that they're getting raped instead of him, despite the fact that he's offering it for free?

  • Pathogen||

    Sooo... you're suggesting that "legalizing prostitution" == legalizing rape? and "They should focus on real crime."... which, rape isn't? Apparently, they were focused on the very real crime of rape... too focused.

  • XR||

    Rape is a horrible thing, but raping a prostitute is more akin to petty theft than it is to rape. I don't see why degenerate prostitutes should be protected from it on the public expense.

  • Pathogen||

    Soo... how many hitchhikers have you raped?

  • XR||

    "I haven't ever done that before, successfully. They always get away. The only time I ever did something like that was when I was serving in Vietnam and there was this one village that was being particularly uncooperative. That experience haunted me for the rest of my life and that's why I oppose war."

  • Pathogen||

    Ohhh..

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    I call SOCK!

  • Pathogen||

    Unpossible... there's no way that a sock would post on a reason thread about how cops should punish whores for their wickedness through rape and extortion... inconceivable!

  • Hugh Akston||

    Yeah well, we have to pay the cops to prevent you from being murdered too, but that's the price we pay for civilization.

  • XR||

    I contribute to society unlike filthy prostitutes.

  • Pathogen||

    Have you made a skin-suit yet?

  • GILMORE||

    XR|11.6.13 @ 7:16PM|#

    "I contribute to society unlike filthy prostitutes"

    You don't contribute nearly as much as your mom.

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    You truly are a disgusting immoral pig, aren't you?

  • Pathogen||

    His mother didn't breastfeed him...

  • GILMORE||

    His mom fed him the cop sperm off her breasts, which explains his insatiable appetite for it

  • ||

    His mom fed him the cop sperm off her breasts, which explains his insatiable appetite for it

    Look GILMORE we were hoping it wouldn't come to this, but we think you're addicted to SF's fiction. We love you and we only want the best for you. This has to stop, you're clearly mentally unwell.

    Totally unrelated: I want to start a betting pool that XR only has procreative sex with his wife and does nasty, nasty things with prostitutes and hates himself for being such a weak-willed, morally fallen person.

  • GILMORE||

    Fiction?

    Now I feel cheated.

  • Norma Jean Almodovar||

    As one of those 'filthy prostitutes' as opposed to being one of those angelic LAPD persons as I once was many years ago and something I deeply regret (working for the LAPD, not providing pleasure to others for a fee), may I just say that I contribute far more to society as a whore than I ever did working for the LAPD (1972- 1982). Sounds like you have serious issues with sex and commerce. And I certainly contribute more to society than YOU ever could.

  • Pathogen||

    I was thinking that, beating him to death with a tire-iron would be more akin to general automotive maintenance than murder...

  • ||

    I don't see why degenerate prostitutes should be protected from it on the public expense.

    Maybe because they are human beings.

  • Pathogen||

    Psycho/sociopaths lack the ability to empathize, and distinguish between objects the covet and people they covet.

    Prostitutes == car keys/ change in their pocket/ cigarette lighter/ dolls...

  • Dave Krueger||

    As the officers prepare for the hearing, Nichols' attorney claimed the women "have no credibility."

    It sucks when that many different women with no credibility accuse you of the exactly the same thing.

    The fact that the department is finally taking some kind of action can only mean all those women with no credibility were threatening to go public.

  • Pathogen||

    "It sucks when that many different women with no credibility accuse you of the exactly the same thing."

    Obviously a cabal of deluded, spiteful, vindictive women, absolutely bent on smearing that officer's good name and standing within his community.

  • Cyto||

    The cool thing is that there is now an easy defense to this sort of slander available. Just record all of your on-duty activities.

    This is why police unions around the country are pushing for their departments to supply full-time video monitoring for each of their officers. They are doing that, right?

  • XR||

    I don't support cops raping prostitutes, it's definitely a violation of professional ethics. But I don't think the government should be wasting our money prosecuting these people.

  • GILMORE||

    "XR|11.6.13 @ 6:49PM|#

    I don't support cops raping prostitutes, it's definitely a violation of professional ethics"

    A lot like when your mom spits the cum out.

  • Pathogen||

    She doesn't charge (money) for her services, so she doesn't deserve to be raped by our Heroes in Blue™... Pure as the wind-driven snow...

  • General Butt Naked||

    A lot like when your mom spits the cum out.

    Like she's gonna go to bed without dinner...

    NOT GONNA HAPPEN

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    So you're more concerned about the ethics of cops than you are with women being fucked against their will.

    You know what that makes you?

  • GILMORE||

    A cheap date

  • XR||

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    THIS

  • GILMORE||

    YOUR MOM

  • GILMORE||

    Sorry, that should have been =

    (;o)'''

  • XR||

    So you're more concerned about the ethics of cops than you are with women prostitutes being fucked against their will.

    Fixed.

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    b-bye

  • Finrod||

    So prostitutes aren't women according to you, then.

  • SugarFree||

    Maybe the ones he frequents aren't.

  • Norma Jean Almodovar||

    Catch me, Catch me, if you can!

    I am a cop, I have a gun..
    My gun and dick both work as one.
    I rape and pilage, rob and steal.....
    I do about damn what I feel.

    Don't mess with me- I'll mow you down
    No one is safe when I'm around.
    Don't you be walkin' on my street-
    I am a member L.A.'s elite.

    L.A.P.D. we're number one.
    'Protect and serve'- but that's no fun!
    From sun up and down again,
    we will always get our man!

    Oh, he is innocent you say
    That's allright... more fun that way
    What's that you say? How can that be?
    'Cause I commit more crimes than he!

    So, catch me, catch me if you can!
    When in L.A. I am the man
    And hey, my man- I'm no one's fool!
    I'm L.A.P.D. and I am cool!

    1986

  • Norma Jean Almodovar||

    How about when cops rape little children? And there are so many of them who do that... do you support prosecuting pedophile cops? Or putting them in prison? When I worked for the LAPD (as a civilian traffic officer back before women were permitted to be police officers), a nice police officer named Michael Casados was having sex with a teenage explorer scout- as were many other cops in the Hollywood division where I worked... he was suspended but not fired. 10 years later, he was caught a second time with a different 15 year old minor- had been having sex with her for 5 years, so she was 10 when he started raping her. He was fired this time- and given a probation sentence. Perhaps because of people like you (most likely a cop) who thinks that cops ought to be able to have a little fun that other people in society go to prison for doing for decades. You are one sick person XR.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    I may be a simpleton here but Law & Order does a good job of showing just how damn near impossible it is to take down members of the Brotherhood who do bad.

    Maybe prostitutes and drug dealers have "no credibility" but to me cops who go rogue and abuse their power are worse than the criminals they arrest in the public interest. They're below scum.

    I'm guessing abuse of some variation or another is rampant. Is it that much of a stretch to think that?

  • Ayn Random Variation||

    The trick for pigs is to fuck with people the soccer moms don't care about, like drug users/dealers, hookers, the homeless, and poor brown people (here and abroad).

  • ||

    cops who go rogue and abuse their power are worse than the criminals they arrest in the public interest.

    They are certainly worse then women who have sex for money or non-violent drug dealers.

  • SweatingGin||

    So, has anyone heard from Dunphy lately?

    Any idea on the totality of circs? Does "I just took a handful of Viagra before my shift, just in case" count as a circ?

  • ||

    Wait, you don't take a handful of vitamin-V just in case something "pops up" at work?

  • PH2050||

    He's vacationing/surfing/weightlifting in Tahiti with Morgan Fairchild.

  • sarcasmic||

    He was only with us because he was out on an injury and chomping on pain killers. I'm sure he's back to harassing and intimidating for as much overtime as he can get. Being a cop isn't a job. It's a lifestyle. They live to work because work is power.

  • John C. Randolph||

    No, he must be too busy covering up for his buddies who are raping their informants.

    -jcr

  • PH2050||

    Unpossible!

    I've been assured that upon reception of a government-issued badge, all immoral and corrupt inclinations are banished from the mind of the recipient forever. I think this story is bullshit!

  • Calidissident||

    Nice to see my hometown newspaper getting some links. I was surprised too, since it's 200 miles from LA

  • ||

    You're from SLO? Beautiful part of the state.

  • Calidissident||

    Yeah, and it is a really pretty area. Great weather. It was a nice place to grow up, but I was really glad to get away for college, and I don't plan on moving back. Tough I'll probably occasionally visit for a quiet weekend getaway when I'm older.

  • ||

    I'm originally from Santa Cruz. I know precisely what you mean.

  • Calidissident||

    My brother lives up there now (in Capitola technically). His wife went to Santa Cruz high

  • Finrod||

    I'm reminded of The Offspring song LAPD:

    When cops are taking care of business I can understand
    But the L.A. story's gone way out of hand
    Their acts of aggression, they say they're justified
    But it seems an obsession has started from the inside
    They're shooting anyone who even tries to run
    They're shooting little kids with toy guns
    Take it to a jury but they don't give a damn
    Because the one who tells the truth is always the policeman

    Beat all the white trash
    Beat whoever you see
    Don't need a reason
    (We're) L.A.P.D.

  • DenverJay||

    The Offspring rule

  • Alice Bowie||

    Looks like officers Luis Valenzuela and James Nichols have a Nice vacation coming up.

    They'll be on paid leave while the trial goes on for about four years.
    Then, in the criminal trial, they will waive their right to a jury and be acquitted by a judge (which, for all purposes, is a cop).

    I'm tell'n ya. With all the good jobs going to India/China, the only future for our children is

    A. Leave them a lot of Money
    B. Encourage them to join law enforcement

    Law Enforcement people will always live with the HAVEs. They will always get to have their children attend schools with the HAVEs. The HAVEs will turn their heads when a Law Enforcement person does something wrong the the little people.

  • sarcasmic||

    I keep forgetting that. For a peasant a trial by judge is a death sentence, but for a knight it's a guaranteed acquittal.

    If we peasants should be guaranteed a trial by jury because the jury can overturn a corrupt judge, a knight should be forced into a trial by jury for the same reason.

  • JidaKida||

    Sounds like average cops to me lol.

    www.PrivacyRoad.tk

  • SIV||

    No "clipped in the line of duty"?

  • DenverJay||

    "Chief Charlie Beck ordered discipline hearing panels that will decide if the officers are guilty of the allegations and, if so, whether they should be fired or given a lesser punishment."

    Dicipline hearing panels and being fired? What about court, prison and being forced to register as sex offenders, like you know, somebody who is subject to the laws of the State?

  • Biden's Scroteplugs||

    If you've ever dated a girl a cop thought was his girlfriend, you know how quickly these sociopaths will use the power of the state to police their personal lives. They are as bad or worse than the scum they are are constantly going on about.

  • Firstname||

    Another shining example of how the public has completely lost control over law enforcement. The entire justice system is corrupt and we obviously need a bigger stick to control these goons.

  • the other other alan||

    The lack of credibility did not prevent the officers from using the women as informants. If I were the lawyer of anyone convicted based on their testimony, I'd be making some phone calls about now.

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