A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy has been charged with multiple felonies after a brutal assault on his girlfriend, where he lit her hair on fire, threatened her with a firearm and then callously turned up the volume on the television to drown out her screams.
Alejandro Flores, 33, appeared in court on Tuesday in Orange County, where he lived with his girlfriend and a baby, described as a relative under 2 years old.
The incident occurred on June 28th, following an argument over the baby’s pacifier. After throwing the woman into a wall, he allegedly hit her and grabbed her by her neck, which caused her to fall to the ground. Flores then dragged her to the stove, where he held her over the gas burner and lit her hair on fire.
The deputy then threatened to hurt her more if she called the police and took her cellphone and threw it at her “hard enough to hurt her”, prosecutors stated.
Flores then turned up the volume on the television to drown out her screams and threatened her with a gun.
Flores has been charged with three counts of domestic battery with corporal injury, two counts of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, one count of aggravated assault, one count of criminal threats, one count of dissuading a witness by force or threat, and one count of false imprisonment by menace or violence, all felony charges, NBC Los Angeles reports.
If the deputy is convicted on all charges, he could face up to 25 years and eight months in prison for the attack.
There are many victims of domestic abuse by law enforcement, in fact, the National Center for Women and Policing reports that domestic violence is two to four times more common among law enforcement families than American families in general. The organization points to two studies, indicating that as many as 40 percent of law enforcement families have a problem with domestic violence.
LifeSpan’s Police Domestic Violence Program (known as S.A.B.L.E.) is a unique project that provides specialized counseling, legal, and advocacy services for victims whose abusers are police or other law enforcement personnel. They can be reached online or by calling 1-847-824-4454.