SANTA FE (KRQE) - A Santa Fe police detective is on paid suspension after he was accused of raping a female police officer who is also a Santa Fe cop.
The allegations come against a detective who's been on the force for more than a decade.
The charges are so serious and divisive that the department is paying the accused officer to stay home. He’s already been off the streets for two weeks and is barred from desk duty because of the allegations.
"It's temporarily paid administrative leave,” said Chief Raymond Rael of the Santa Fe Police Department. “And I made that determination based on the information I received initially."
The Santa Fe Police Department reported the accusation to state police and then started its own internal affairs investigation.
Any criminal charges would come from state police while any wrongdoing violating departmental procedure is the jurisdiction of internal affairs.
"I have complete confidence in both the New Mexico State Police and in my internal affairs unit to come up with the truth," said Rael.
The chief acknowledged the gravity of one officer accusing another of rape.
"It potentially has an impact to affect morale, obviously," said Rael.
What's more, sources confirm the accused officer's wife works with rape victims.
The chief knows the charges leveled at the senior officer have the potential to stir up public distrust.
"I guess I would tell the community that we are making our best effort to make sure that everyone is held accountable,” Rael said. “And that we all reach that standard that I believe is above that of the average citizen."
State Police could not provide a police report and Rael did not want to get into details of where the alleged rape took place and whether or not it allegedly happened on duty.
The district attorney may soon have the case.
The female officer who made the accusation is still on duty.
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