A New York Police Department (NYPD) detective, who monitored sex offenders, was arrested for allegedly molesting a 12-year-old girl. The girl, said to be his daughter’s friend, was allegedly groped by Juan Jimenez, 37, who later attempted to kiss her.

Jimenez was arrested on Friday as the incident came to light, CBSN New York reported.

The incident took place during the summer when Jimenez was babysitting his daughter and the victim came to visit her friend. Jimenez supposedly grabbed the victim by her waist and “attempted to kiss (the victim) about the mouth,” The Cut reported.

Prosecutors alleged that he might have also grabbed the child’s backside. The girl reported it to the police who then kicked off an investigation. A 13-year veteran of the New York police, Jimenez, was charged with sex abuse, forcible touching, and acting in a matter injurious to a child in the wake of the investigation.

It was unclear whether he had an attorney to defend him, Fox News reported.

Jimenez was released on Friday evening without pay pending his case upon the order of a Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge. According to the police, Jimenez has been suspended from his duty following the case.

Ironically, Jimenez was linked with NYPD’s Special Victims Division in the Sex Offenders Monitoring Unit, which monitored the state’s sex offenders for their conduct.

In a recent incident which was reported on Sept. 11, 2019, an Arizona trooper was arrested for allegedly assaulting women sexually during traffic stops. 43-year-old Tremaine Jackson was taken into custody after an investigation, which spanned a month, proved him guilty. The New York Times reported that Jackson was slapped with 61 charges that include sexual abuse, sexual extortion, kidnapping, and harassment. Eight victims gave their account of the sexual harassment while others are requested to come forward and share their experience. Jackson, who served the Arizona Department of Public Safety for 13 years, was suspended from his duty, revealed Col. Frank Milstead, the director of the Department of Public Safety at a news conference.

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