A Chula Vista police officer faces four misdemeanor charges in connection to an altercation last month involving his girlfriend’s 16-year-old son.
Roman Granados, a 14-year member of the Chula Vista Police Department, had been placed on administrative leave following the incident June 5 in the parking lot of Chula Vista Hills Elementary School.
Police said they responded to a disturbance during a graduation ceremony and discovered that Granados, 46, had been involved in a physical altercation with his girlfriend’s son, according to a news release from the police department. He is accused of punching and strangling the teen.
Reports were forwarded to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office for review. Prosecutors filed misdemeanor charges against Granados on Tuesday.
The Chula Vista Police Officer's Association issued this statement about the charges:
“The leadership of the Chula Vista Police Officer's Association are not privy to the details of this ongoing investigation. We, like everyone else will be waiting to see what information emerges once this case enters the courtroom. Until then we will continue to extend Officer Granados the same presumption of innocence enjoyed by all members of our community."
The boy’s father talked to NBC 7 under the promise of anonymity. He said he was hoping for felony charges.
“This is someone who has major issues and problems and needs to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and rehabilitated by corrections the system of California,” the father said.
Granados remains on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal complaint and administrative investigation.
“He's on administrative assignment, meaning he does not interact with the public. He's not in any position of trust,” said Chula Vista Police Department Lt. Lon Turner.
But the alleged victim’s father says that’s not enough.
“He has no business being on the police force,” he said.
Granados is set to appear in San Diego Superior Court, South Bay Division, on Aug. 25.
In the meantime, the 16-year-old has obtained a one-year restraining order against the officer. His family says they plan on filing a civil lawsuit at a later time.