June 4, 2023

LOS ANGELES — A former Los Angeles Police Division officer who was charged with committing lewd acts on 4 younger boys at his Covina dwelling has died whereas in custody, officers mentioned Monday.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division officers mentioned solely that Paul Razo, 46, died of medical issues, however no additional info was launched.

Razo was arrested Could 10, 5 days after he was charged by prosecutors with eight counts of lewd acts on a baby. He was scheduled to look in courtroom for arraignment on a number of days final week, and once more on Monday, however the listening to was repeatedly delayed for unspecified causes.

He was being held in lieu of $2.5 million bail on the sheriff’s Inmate Reception Heart in downtown Los Angeles, in line with inmate information.

Based on the District Lawyer’s Workplace, Razo allegedly dedicated the lewd acts at his dwelling, which sheriff’s officers mentioned was within the 4800 block of Brightview Drive within the Covina space. Prosecutors mentioned he knew the victims via private relationships.

The kids ranged in age from roughly 9 to 13 years outdated when the alleged abuse started, prosecutors mentioned. The alleged crimes occurred between 2006 and 2017, in line with the District Lawyer’s Workplace.

SEE: Ex-LAPD officer arrested, charged with committing lewd acts on kids

Following his arrest, the LAPD launched an announcement saying it division “is conscious of the felony case involving former Police Officer Paul Razo. The Los Angeles Police Division’s Inside Affairs Division initiated an administrative investigation, which is being carried out concurrently with the pending felony case. The executive investigation will embrace reviewing his previous work historical past for related conduct.

“Chief Michel Moore is deeply disturbed by these allegations as they’re in direct opposition to the Division’s Core Values and expectations of a Los Angeles Police Officer. Officer Razo has been employed by the Los Angeles Police Division for roughly 24 years and was final assigned to Hollywood Space as a coaching coordinator. He separated from the Division in March 2023,” the LAPD assertion mentioned.

In 2018, Razo acquired an LAPD Medal of Valor for pulling a person out of a burning automobile that he noticed crash in July 2016 in Glendora whereas off-duty.