A Long Beach Police officer arrested Wednesday has been charged with 39 sex crimes involving 13 child victims over the past four years, court documents revealed today.
Officer Noe Yanez, 40, is on unpaid suspension from his Long Beach Police Department job, where he allegedly met one of the victims, with whom he started a texting relationship and for which he's been charged with soliciting inappropriate photographs.
Yanez, who has worked for LBPD nine years, is scheduled to be arraigned in Dept. 30 of Los Angeles Superior Court on the 39 sex-related charges.
Yanez was initially arrested April 19 on suspicion of possessing child pornography and according to Long Beach Police Department, allegedly solicited a child for a lewd act. He allegedly met that child through the course of his assignment, which has not been revealed. He posted bail the following day and remained free until his arrest Wednesday in connection with the filing of a 39-count complaint that lists 13 victims of crimes that allegedly occurred between January 2008 and April 13 of this year.
The police department has been conducting an internal investigation and the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said its Justice System Integrity Division (JSID), which handles police, court personnel and attorneys.
Yanez remains jailed in lieu of $951,000 bail pending his appearance Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
He faces one felony count each of sexual penetration by a foreign object of a person under 18, oral copulation of a person under 18, unlawful sexual intercourse, using a minor for sex acts and possession of matter depicting a minor engaged in sexual conduct; four counts of meeting a minor for lewd purposes; seven felony counts of false imprisonment by violence; and eight felony counts of contact with a minor for a sexual offense. Yanez is additionally charged with 15 misdemeanor counts, including child molesting, arranging meeting a minor for lewd purposes and sale of an alcoholic beverage to a minor.
City News contributed to this report