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Sexual assault allegations lead Chandler PD to question Phoenix cop

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Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 1:39 pm | Updated: 10:31 am, Sat Mar 10, 2012.

A Phoenix police officer accused of sexually assaulting three women is the focus of a criminal investigation after meeting with Chandler police on Tuesday.

Ricardo Orosco, 29, who has worked for the Phoenix Police Department for six years, voluntarily met with Chandler police detectives about 2 p.m. in connection to allegations from three women accusing him of sexually assaulting them in Chandler over the last six months, according to Chandler police.

Orosco, who lives in Chandler, was released to his attorney. He had been placed on administrative leave last Thursday in an unrelated case involving another Phoenix police employee, according to Phoenix police.

Orosco is accused of initiating inappropriate misconduct with a female civilian employee in the Phoenix Police Department, an incident that allegedly took place on Feb. 29, according to Sgt. Trent Crump, a Phoenix police spokesman.

The current incidents are not the first time that Orosco has faced disciplinary action by the Phoenix Police Department.

In February, 2010, Orosco was arrested by Phoenix police on suspicion of unlawful imprisonment, criminal damage and assault involving an incident against his ex-girlfriend, according to Phoenix police. Although police forwarded the case on to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, the charges later were dropped.

Phoenix police launched an internal investigation into Orosco involving the 2010 incident and the department suspended him for three days without pay because of his behavior, Trump said.

The case in Chandler is an ongoing investigation and investigators plan to submit the case to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for review, so prosecutors can decide whether to move forward with any charges.

He has not been arrested in connection to that case.

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