Civil Liberties

Victim Can't Hold New York City Responsible for Detective's Sexual Assault

Officer forced girlfriend of suspect to perform oral sex on him in precinct bathroom


New York City is not liable for a "shocking sexual assault committed" by one of its police detectives, a federal judge ruled.

During a New York City Police Department drug investigation, Detective Oscar Sandino forced a suspect's girlfriend, L.C., to perform oral sex on him in the bathroom of the 110th precinct.

Sandino threatened L.C. with losing custody of her children if she did not become an informant, and he continued to proposition her until she wore a wire at the direction of the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau in 2008.