A man was charged with beating up his girlfriend three separate times earlier this year.
Ricardo Hernandez, 33, was charged with three felony counts of injuring a girlfriend. The criminal complaint also alleges that he ’caused great bodily injury to the victim.’
Hernandez, a Los Angeles police officer, is accused of injuring the victim on three separate occasions beginning in April. In each of the incidents, the most recent occurring on Sept. 4, the victim suffered serious injuries, the prosecutor said.
Bail was set at $240,000. If convicted as charged, Hernandez faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years and four months in state prison.
LAPD issued the following statement:
“The Los Angeles Police Department is aware of the charges filed by the District Attorney’s office today. No police officer is above the law and this Department has no tolerance for domestic violence in the community or within our ranks. We are conducting a thorough administrative investigation, and if the allegations prove to be true the punishment will be swift and severe. Police Officer II Ricardo Hernandez has been assigned home and has been relieved of his police officer powers. Whenever one of our own violates the law and breaks the trust of the community it tarnishes the badge we all wear.”
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.