According to a law enforcement official and the victim’s attorney, a former Los Angeles police officer will face criminal charges related to accusations that he physically abused and hit another LAPD detective.
Former Police Officer To Face 9 Criminal Charges
According to a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation, Daniel Reedy, a veteran police officer who resigned last year, will stand up to nine criminal charges related to allegations that he used blackmail to force Det. Ysabel Villegas into physical and later frightened to leak physically explicit photos of her to her family.
The official, who talked on state of anonymity because they did not have the right to discuss the case, was unable to explain the exact criminal charges against the former officer. Villegas’ attorney, Lisa Bloom, also stated that Reedy would face criminal charges in a statement on Tuesday.
Bloom said that “We are satisfied that Mr. Reedy will at last face criminal accountability. It has been a hard and unpleasant process, but Ms. Villegas will proceed to cooperate so that justice will be done fully.”
A spokeswoman for the LAPD confirmed that Reedy retired in 2019.
Victim Had An Extramarital Affair With The Former Officer
Reedy and Villegas had been committed to an extramarital affair since 2013, according to an application for a restraining order, the detective registered in November 2018. Villegas stated that Reedy first grew violent toward her in 2016 and started threatening to leak physically explicit photos of her to other police officers and her family if she did not maintain the relationship, court documents show.
In a lawsuit she registered against the Los Angeles Police Department in March of last year, Villegas sued Reedy of using the warning of blackmail to force her into intercourse in a Pomona motel in 2017.
Villegas said during a March 2019 news conference that “With these pictures, he emotionally threatened me. He managed and molded me.”
Glendora police are also investigating an accusation that Reedy physically attacked Villegas at a restaurant there in summer 2018. A case was submitted to the district attorney’s office, but it continues unclear if prosecutors listed charges in that matter.
Senior Officers Failed To Take Action
The position of Villegas’ civil lawsuit against the department was not quickly apparent. In the lawsuit, Villegas stated that she reported Reedy’s behavior to many “senior LAPD officers,” but they failed to take action.
An LAPD spokesman earlier stated that the department began an investigation into Reedy in November 2018, after Ysabel Villegas first registered for a restraining order.