SAN LEANDRO — Marco Becerra, 26, a former San Leandro police officer, is facing charges of having unlawful sex with a 17-year-old girl in the police department’s Explorer program.
Becerra, who resigned from the police department on Oct. 25, was under investigation for nearly two weeks when he voluntarily left.
The former police officer reportedly confessed to involvement in a sexual relationship with the victim on Oct. 20 in an interview with investigators. The alleged sexual relationship took place for roughly one and a half months.
The department has since temporarily suspended its Explorer program while it conducts an internal.
Becerra, who was himself a member of the program when he was a teenager, was identified as a suspect on Oct. 13 by the Alameda County Social Services Agency. Police quickly launched both a criminal and administrative investigation into the allegations and notified the district attorney’s office.
Becerra reportedly met the victim while she was participating in the Explorer program and the two became friends. They were reportedly corresponding through their phones and on social media.
Police say the victim and Becerra was off-duty when he engaged in sexual intercourse in an undisclosed location in San Leandro on Sept. 11, Sept. 26 and Oct. 12.
Becerra, a member of San Leandro department for three years, has been charged with three felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
On Nov. 8, the district attorney charged Becerra with three felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
San Leandro Chief of Police Jeff Tudor said in a statement: “I am upset and disappointed by the unethical and criminal behavior of one of our officers. These actions are absolutely inconsistent with the ethical standards of the San Leandro Police Department and we will not tolerate this type of behavior. We are deeply concerned for the victim and her family, and we respect their concerns for maintaining privacy in this matter.”
The incident is not the first to involve a police officer and a girl in the Explorer program.
Indeed, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Robert Cain was arrested just months ago after he allegedly had three separate sexual encounters with a 15-year-old girl in the LAPD’s Cadet Explorer program.
Cain reportedly took the victim to Six Flags Magic Mountain on June 14 and was later arrested on July 20. He was charged with two counts of oral copulation on a minor under 16 years old, lewd acts upon a child and unlawful sexual intercourse, according to an article by the Los Angeles Times.
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