SFPD officers investigated in connection with alleged sexual assault

SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) -- Two members of the San Francisco Police Department are under investigation Tuesday night; one accused of sexually assaulting a woman and the other -- a lieutenant in the department -- accused of tipping the first policeman off about the investigation.

The officer has been on the force for almost six years; the lieutenant has been with the department for 26 years. Both men work out of the Taraval Police Station.

The officer, who KTVU is not naming because he hasn't been charged, has been commended for his work in the community. He helped collect toys for underprivileged children during the holidays.

But that officer -- in his early 30's -- is now accused of sexually assaulting a woman he met on his beat.

"I don't ever want to hear that any of my officers in any alleged misconduct on or off duty so again. We take it super serious," said Police Chief Greg Suhr.

According to a search warrant and the woman's affidavit KTVU obtained, the officer would often eat at the shop where the woman works.

On August 2nd, the officer asked the woman out. She agreed. The officer went to her home in the Sunset neighborhood.

She told investigators they drank gin and whiskey and that she had five to seven drinks. Then, they went into her bedroom.

The officer allegedly said: "Let me make you feel good."

The victim replied: "No, I don't want to."

Despite that, she said the officer sexually assaulted her.

And the day after, the affidavit claims that the officer and the woman exchanged text messages:

The officer asked: "u wanna go to the new mission impossible movie maybe tomorrow"

The woman replied "That wasn't something I can get over. Please leave me alone."

The officer: "Ok. Sorry."

Several days after that exchange, the woman went to SF General for an examination and that led to the allegations being reported to police.
 
"We became aware in August of an alleged sexual assault. The investigation is initiated immediately," said Chief Suhr.

The lieutenant, who also works at the Taraval Station is accused of tipping off the officer.
 
"The officer and the lieutenant are on administrative reassignment depending the outcome of the investigation," said Chief Suhr. "Because we have a criminal and administrative investigation going forward, I really can't comment past that point."

The officer and the lieutenant are now on desk duty where they have no contact with the public.

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