A 51-year-old Los Angeles police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in her Torrance home in April, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday, May 15.
Kenneth Collard of Riverside was charged with three counts of lewd act upon a child and one count of sexual penetration by foreign object, prosecutors said. Arraignment well be scheduled at a later date.
On April 4, Collard was staying at a friend’s house in Torrance when, in the middle of the night, he allegedly entered the victim’s bedroom and sexually assaulted her, prosecutors said.
The incident was reported to law enforcement, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors are recommending bail be set at $400,000 and Collard faces a possible maximum sentence of 32 years in state prison if convicted as charged.
The defendant was identified by prosecutors as a Los Angeles police officer.
The case was investigated by the Torrance Police Department in partnership with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, Sgt. Ronald Harris of the Torrance Police Department said in a release.
Detectives with the Torrance Police Department collected and analyzed forensic evidence during the investigation.