Florida Officer Faces Molestation Charges

DORAL, Fla. --

A Miami-Dade police officer appeared in bond court Friday on molestation charges after being accused of groping two teenagers during a traffic stop.

Juan Carlos Rodriguez, 24, was arrested Thursday on the lewd and lascivious molestation charges.

The charges stem from a Jan. 7 traffic stop. Police said that while on duty, Rodriguez pulled over a car full of girls in Kendall. According to investigators, Rodriguez called two 14-year-old girls to the back of the car, one at a time, to interview them. When they got there, Rodriguez groped each of them, police said.

Court documents said Rodriguez, a four-year veteran of the force, groped several others in the car, but he only faces charges in connection with the two 14-year-old girls.

"Someone who takes part in criminal activity, whether it's an officer or not, it will get investigated, and if we have enough information, enough probable cause, to effect an arrest, then we will make one," said Javier Baez of the Miami-Dade Police Department.

Rodriguez is in jail on $150,000 bond. The judge said the bond is so high because of Rodriguez's position.

Rodriguez has no prior criminal record. He was relieved of duty on Jan. 13 in an unrelated incident.

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