Los Angeles child abuse investigator arrested for statutory rape

07/01/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley

Los Angeles, CA—A Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services investigator was arrested for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old girl in a parked car. The child abuse investigator is now facing possible disciplinary action following the shocking arrest, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

San Bernardino police officers arrested Rod Lautrec Carter, 45, of Highland on Sunday, June 27, 2010, after finding Carter and the girl having sex in residential area inside a car. Officers believe the child abuse investigator met the girl that night, which has lead officers to look into whether she is a prostitute.

Carter was held in jail for several hours on suspicions of statutory rape, before posting bail.

Sources reported that Carter is employed as a child abuse investigator, who is assigned to the DCFS’ command post. Carter investigates urgent allegations of abuse or neglect, which are reported through the department’s hotline. DCFS spokesman Nishith Bhatt stated, “We can confirm that this employee was not on duty or acting in any official capacity as a DCFS employee at the time of the alleged incident.”

The girl and alleged victim has reportedly never been involved in L.A. County’s child welfare system.

County officials have begun an independent inquiry into the matter, which could lead to termination of his job.

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