• Interviews, videos released in case against Leesburg cop accused of sexual assault


    LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - WFTV's Kenneth Craig obtained video and audio recordings prosecutors are using against a Leesburg police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman he arrested.

    The officer, Henri Larue, refused to talk to authorities, but 12 other people did talk, including the victim, who told investigators Larue was so arrogant he laughed when the alleged incident was over. She said Larue told her he wanted to see her again.

    The evidence released includes surveillance videos, crime scene photos, dispatch recordings and emotional interviews with the victim herself.

    "Just did want he wanted me to do," the alleged victims said as she cried during a police interview.

    Larue was arrested in January. He is accused of sexually assaulting a woman he arrested after a traffic stop in October.

    The woman said that as Larue was driving her to jail he suddenly pulled in a dark alley and forced her to perform a sex act.

    "He just turned around and had this smug look on his face and told me that was the first time he had ever done that and started laughing," the woman said during an interview with Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigators.

    The incident itself was not caught on video, but surveillance cameras at the police department show the woman and the officer just before Larue left to drive her to the jail.

    Investigators say they found the woman's DNA on the inside and outside of the zipper area of the officer's pants.

    In a dispatch recording Larue is heard joking about making a pit spot.

    "You know how it is when you're flirting with a female," said Larue in the recording.

    "Yeah, yeah but that's OK, we understand," a dispatcher said.

    "It's alright. We made a pit stop and all that good. You know it goes, how it is," said Larue.

    The victim later told authorities that Larue appeared to be sure of himself and of the location he took her to.

    "But he was just very confident and he was very, like, familiar. He just pulled in there like it was nothing," the woman told FDLE investigators.

    Larue has been suspended without pay.

    His attorney told Craig that he plans to fight the charges and claims the victim made up the entire story.

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