Teen Sues a California City Claiming Rape by Officer

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) - A teenage police Explorer Scout has sued the city of Santa Maria, claiming she was repeatedly raped by a police officer who was shot and killed by a fellow officer after a struggle to avoid arrest.

The lawsuit filed Aug. 7 in federal court claims negligence and seeks unspecified damages. City officials could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Officer Alberto Covarrubias was killed in January by another officer after he was under investigation for having sex with the 17-year-old girl.

The suit claims Covarrubias raped the girl numerous times and told her if she didn't have sex with him that he would kill her boyfriend and her family.

The suit said city officials failed to act immediately once it was alerted to the allegations.

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