A former San Francisco police lieutenant named in a scandal involving racist text messages last year has pleaded guilty to filing a false police report as part of a plea agreement, court officials said Thursday.
Curtis Liu, 55, pleaded to the felony charge on Sept. 6 as part of a deal reached with prosecutors.
Liu was arrested in April 2016 after he allegedly interfered with a police investigation into sexual assault allegations against his fellow officer Jason Lai.
Liu was accused of tipping Lai off about the investigation and then lying to subordinates and his superior officers to cover up his actions.
It was during a subsequent investigation that police uncovered text messages exchanged among officers connected to Lai, including Liu, that contained racist and sexist language and derogatory references to blacks, Latinos, Indians, Muslims, protesters, rape victims, and gay and transgender people.