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News Release

Monday, July 9, 2007

Media Relations

Off-Duty LAPD Officer Arrested

Los Angeles: An officer was arrested in the early morning hours last Saturday in South Los Angeles.

On July 7, 2007, Officer Hector Villalta was arrested after he allegedly sexually assaulted a female companion. The alleged assault occurred at Villata's home after he and the victim returned from a nightclub in South Los Angeles. After the assault, the victim ran from the residence to a local gas station where she phoned police.

Villalta was arrested at his home and booked for 289(a) PC. Bail was set at $100,000.

Villalta 23, a probationary officer, is assigned to West Los Angeles Area, and has been with the Department for eight months.