Daytona Beach police officer accused of groping woman under arrest, cops say
Officer fired, arrested on battery, false imprisonment, misconduct charges
Author: Sheli Muniz,
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -
Daytona Beach police say an officer has been arrested on accusations of groping a woman he was arresting.
Police say the woman was arrested in a hit-and-run crash but instead of taking her to jail, Officer Larry Jones, 22, touched the woman inappropriately in an incident last week.
The woman told police Jones pulled his patrol car over to adjust her handcuffs because they were hurting her. Police said Jones then told the woman he needed to search her again, put his hand under her shirt and touched her breast.
According to police, Jones also rubbed the woman's leg and groin, pulled down her pants and underwear away from her body and shined his flashlight down her pants.
The department's spokesperson, Jimmie Flynt, said Jones' GPS showed they stopped.
They also said there have been inconsistencies in Jones' story, but Flynt said, "She has not waivered with what she says happened from the day she made these allegations to when they interviewed her maybe three or four days ago."
Jones was on the police force for less than a year. He is now on unpaid leave facing charges of battery, felony false imprisonment and official misconduct.
Jones was booked at the Volusia County Jail on $7,500 bond and bonded out Tuesday evening.