Two days ago, on January 28th, Los Angeles television and print media reported that 17-year Los Angeles Police Detective Christine Wycoff was arrested and charged with dissuading a witness and false imprisonment.
According to widespread LA news reports, Wycoff met a man online in June of 2014, began a sexual relationship that lasted for several months, and then it deteriorated. It was at that time that Wycoff began threatening the man, who became concerned and reported the threats to the LAPD.
LAPD Internal Affairs initiated an investigation, and once Wycoff learned of the inquiry, she continued threatening the man and told him that if he cooperated with the police investigation, she would accuse him of domestic violence. Court records reflect that she sought a temporary restraining order against the man in October of 2014, but that request was denied.
She later went to the Torrance Police Department; a suburb of Los Angeles, and filed a report that the man had sexually assaulted her. The man was arrested but was quickly released.
Wycoff was arrested and released on a bond of $150,000. She has been assigned to home duty with pay. If convicted, she could face four years and eight months behind bars. She is scheduled to be arraigned on February 22nd in downtown Los Angeles, at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center, Department 30, Case # BA443216. Deputy District Attorney Ann Marie Wise with the Justice System Integrity Division is prosecuting the case.
The false imprisonment charge comes as a result of her filing a false report of a sexual assault and causing the man to be arrested.
Phone calls and messages left at the LAPD’s Pacific Division Detective Bureau where Wycoff worked were not returned. It is unknown what types of crimes she was responsible for investigating.
Sadly, once again, we have a public official intrinsically involved in terrorizing a man under the auspices of false restraining orders, and false allegations domestic violence and sexual assault. The investigation should not stop with just this arrest. One must wonder what other damage she has done in the past, and if she had been assigned to work family crimes, the list of additional victims could be vast.
The news reports indicate that Wycoff could face up to four years and eight months in the slammer. Of course, we have to let the legal system take its course, and as much as we can all draw conclusions and presume guilt, like it or not she is afforded all rights by law. If she is found guilty, let’s hope she serves every second of that sentence.