MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Retired Miami cop Juan Roman had a sterling career filled with commendations.READ MORE: Activists Say Hundreds Of Cuban Protesters Have Been Arrested Since Anti-Regime Demonstrations Broke Out
However, after being accused of downloading child porn and video-taping himself molesting a young girl, Roman’s pristine reputation on the force may have been a farce.
As reported by CBS4’s news partner the Miami Herald, newly released internal affairs files contained two disturbing undisclosed complaints lodged by citizens.
In 1993, Silvio Guerra told investigators that he saw Roman masturbating inside an unmarked car in the 100 block of Northwest 14th Street while looking at a woman. Since this was reportedly the third time Roman was spotted doing this, Guerra said he confronted Roman. When Roman tried to flee, Guerra said he punched the officer over 20 times.
Roman told internal affairs detectives he had merely parked there in an attempt to change his shirt and tuck it in.
Guerra was later shot and killed in an unrelated shooting, deflating the investigation.
As for Roman, he received just a reprimand after he admitted to taking off his pants in public.
In 2006, Jose Rondon complained that Roman was harassing him in Wynwood. According to Rondon, Roman kept peeping in on his half-naked wife and had Rondon’s car illegally towed.
But that investigation also fizzled as Rondon and his wife repeatedly blew off formal interview attempts by detectives.
Roman was arrested in August after agents with Homeland Security Investigations found over 500 files of “suggestive of child pornography” on Roman’s electronics, according to court documents. A federal magistrate released Roman on house arrest.READ MORE: Broward County School Board Votes Unanimously To Make Mask Use Mandatory For Start Of School Year
But, investigators found more disturbing video clips, including hidden videos taken in a bathroom and a kitchen of Roman molesting what appears to be a 7-year-old girl in 2012, prosecutors said.
Roman was rearrested in September on charges of lewd and lascivious battery on a child.
Since his arrest, agents found another set of videos of two other young girls, in the nude. A third file shows Roman engaged in lewd conduct with two underage girls via a video chat program similar to Skype, according to the government.
The videos “depict him being a hands-on offender,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Kobrinski said during the court hearing.
State prosecutors have added five counts of video voyeurism to his charges.
Currently Roman is being held in a Miami-Dade jail without bond. Prosecutors are hoping to keep it that way as they are asking U.S. Judge Lawrence King to revoke his bond. King has yet to issue a ruling.
“This defendant is both a risk of flight and a danger to the community,” the prosecutor wrote.
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