Updated: March 7, 2021
An American woman who is accused of sexually assaulting another woman has been arrested in California.
Denise Latta, 54, of Southern California is accused of sexually assaulting and robbing another woman outside a bar while pretending to be a law enforcement officer.
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She was arrested Thursday in connection with the September 13 incident, and was booked on suspicion of kidnapping, robbery, false imprisonment, sexual battery and impersonating a police officer, according to The Orange County Register. She was held in lieu of $100,000.
Investigators said Latta walked into a bar in Tustin, approached the victim and a bartender and showed a badge similar to those worn by police officers.
She then asked the victim to show her identification card before grabbing it and cutting it into several pieces.
According to Fox News, “Latta then allegedly forced the woman to leave the bar and told her to put her hands against the wall and spread her feet. Investigators said Latta “searched” the victim, touching her breast and groin area over her clothes in the process. Latta then told the woman to leave and never return to the bar”.
According to the Tustin Police Department, Latta was arrested in possession of fake badges, ID cards reading “Agent” and clothing that said “Fugitive Recovery Agent.”
The department said Latta claimed to be a private detective and bail enforcement officer, but could not prove her claims.
“Latta is due to appear in court Monday, according to the Register. Police believe the Sept. 13 incident was not an isolated one and are asking potential victims to contact detectives,” Fox News added.