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Former LAPD officer accused of child molestation dies

A former Los Angeles police officer accused of sexually assaulting four boys, including family members, died in police custody Saturday night, according to law enforcement officials.

Paul Razo, 46 ​​- who was charged this month with eight counts of lewd acts on a child – died at Los Angeles General Medical Center, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced on Monday. Angeles.

Razo was undergoing treatment “for a pre-existing medical condition,” according to a statement from Lt. Michael Gomez of the sheriff’s homicide office. He did not respond to questions about whether Razo was undergoing surgery when he died at 7:24 p.m.

Gomez noted that an autopsy would be performed to determine the cause of death.

Razo, who worked for more than 25 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, was arrested May 10 by detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit. He was accused of sexually assaulting four boys, aged 9 to 13, at his home in Covina. Two of the boys were his relatives, according to the LA County District Attorney’s Office; the others were the sons of a woman he dated who regularly slept at the house.

LA County prosecutors alleged the assaults took place between 2006 and 2017, when Razo was a member of the LAPD. He left the department in April.

Razo was awarded the department’s Medal of Valor for saving a man from a burning car in July 2016 in Glendora.

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