A San Leandro police officer faces criminal charges after admitting to having sex with a 17-year-old girl he met while working as an instructor in his department’s Explorer program for young people interested in pursuing law enforcement careers, court records show.
Officer Marco Becerra “confessed to being in a sexual relationship with the victim,” a city police sergeant wrote in a court declaration. On Nov. 8, Alameda County prosecutors charged Becerra, 26, with three felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, known as statutory rape.
The department has suspended its Explorer program while it conducts an internal review, the chief said. The program is designed to give young people, ages 14 to 19, a head start in a career in law enforcement through training and community work.