Santa Maria teen claims officer raped her
August 14, 2012
A former Police Explorer in Santa Maria filed a federal lawsuit on Aug. 7 against the city, members of its police department and the estate of Officer Albert Covarrubias Jr., alleging that Covarrubias used his position of authority to rape and sexually harass her. [Noozhawk]
The 17-year-old contends the police explorer program is known to be “plagued with inappropriate sexual misconduct.” The suit accuses the police department and city of a lack of training and supervision and negligence in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by attorneys with Goldberg and Gage, a Woodland Hills firm.
Gloria Covarrubias, who was married to the officer for only three weeks, is sued as the representative of her late husband’s estate.
In January, two days before Cavarrubias appears to have committed suicide by cop, police learned of the alleged inappropriate relationship and asked the girl to leave a DUI checkpoint she was at with Covarrubias. The 17-year-old then agreed to participate in a ruse where she would tell Covarrubias she might be pregnant with his child.
Covarrubias responded by texting the girl saying, “I’m nervous too, baby, have you said anything?” and “I don’t know, if I get caught I’m done.”
He asked her to deny they had sex and said he would kill himself if their relationship was made public.
Officers then went to arrest Covarrubias while he was on duty at a DUI checkpoint. He resisted, pulled his weapon and was fatally shot by Matt Kline, a fellow officer and friend.
The teen, named as Jane Doe in the lawsuit, is suing over claims her affair with Albert Covarrubias Jr was ignored, Noozhawk said. Jane Doe describes him in the suit as a predator who told her ‘he would kill her boyfriend and family’ if she didn’t sleep with him.
The teen seeks unspecified damages from the police force, as well as from the officer’s widow and estate.