Officer charged with fondling girls during stop

6:11 PM, Feb 4, 2011   |    comments
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MIAMI (AP) -- A Miami-Dade police officer has been charged with fondling two teenage girls during a traffic stop.

Police say 24-year-old Juan Carlos Rodriguez was charged Thursday with two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation. He was being held on $150,000 bail.

An arrest warrant says Rodriguez pulled over a car in West Kendall on Jan. 11 and fondled the girls, who were passengers in the car, behind a CVS pharmacy.

Detectives found that Rodriguez had assaulted other young women in a similar manner in the same neighborhood.

Police say Rodriguez's searches of these young women were not done according to police protocol and served no legitimate purpose.

It wasn't immediately clear if Rodriguez had an attorney.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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