by: Daralene Jones, WFTV Web Staff Updated:
ORLANDO, Fla. - 9 Investigates has learned an Orlando police officer could face charges over allegations of sexual misconduct.
9 Investigates first learned about the investigation into Detective Angel Burgos through a short news release the department sent in December. At that time, a spokesperson would provide no details, only that a criminal allegation had surfaced and the case was turned over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. A spokesperson for FDLE confirmed the case has been turned over to the state attorney’s office for review to determine whether charges will be filed.
Two sources confirmed Burgos knew his alleged victim prior to day she filed a complaint about their alleged sexual encounter, while he was on duty.
What happened during the encounter is what could make the incident a crime. But If Burgos isn't charged with a crime, he could still face administrative discipline. And "sex on duty" is also one of several "non-criminal" moral character violations that have to be reported to FDLE.
“A police officer is a symbol of authority. Sometimes it can appear to be a consensual relationship, when in fact, the victim doesn't feel like they have the ability to say no because it's a police officer wearing a gun, in uniform, who has the power to take her to jail if he wants to,” said WFTV law enforcement expert Chuck Drago.
Burgos has been on paid leave now since December. He’s at a desk job outside of the criminal investigation division, which is where he is normally assigned.
9 Investigates will stay on top of this story and let you know what the state attorney’s office decides.
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