L.A. Settles Another LAPD Rape Lawsuit


The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday approved a $450-thousand settlement with one of several women -- who say they were sexually assaulted by two officers assigned to the Hollywood Division.

The woman said in her lawsuit she was forced in 2008 to perform a sex act on one officer in the back seat of an undercover LAPD car while the second watched from the front seat.

The City has already paid settlements of $575,000 and $750,000 to two of the other accusers.

A criminal complaint filed last year accuses the officers of carrying out a series of assaults between 2008 and 2011 by threatening the women with arrest.

Officers Luis Valenzuela and James C. Nichols are awaiting trial on charges of rape and sexual assault.

Both have pleaded not guilty.

They could face sentences of up to life in prison if they’re convicted.


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