Cop accused of rape appears in court

July 20, 2012 2:42:48 PM PDT
A Houston police officer who is accused of raping a woman while on duty appeared in court Friday.

The crime reportedly happened on June 18. He was supposed to be doing his job -- instead he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman before he arrested her. But the former HPD officer turned himself in Thursday morning, one month later.

Adan Carranza, 32, was relieved of duty last month while the police department investigated. Now he's charged with aggravated sexual assault, accused of assaulting a woman after a traffic accident.

Prosecutors say Carranza raped the woman in the back of his patrol car while in full HPD uniform. Afterward, he booked her for reckless driving, officials said.

We understand based on court documents that DNA evidence was recovered from the patrol car and surveillance video, coupled with witness statements, corroborate the woman's story.

We spoke with some of Carranza's neighbors about the charges against him.

"If he broke the law, the law will take care of it," neighbor Wayne Smiley said. "If the law don't, God will."

Carranza is a husband and father of three young girls. He was sworn in as an HPD officer in 2009 was assigned to the west-side patrol division.

He is in jail on a $30,000 bond.


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