Cop Watch

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Oakland police officer arrested for touching women

OAKLAND, Calif. The Oakland Police Department says it is charging one of its own police officers with inappropriate behavior toward women. That includes "patting" and kissing several women he pulled over in their cars.

Authorities say 51-year-old officer Richard Valerga was charged with seven misdemeanor counts Wednesday. Five of the charges were for interference of civil rights, and two for false imprisonment, which police say stem from Valerga's holding two women against their will.