Ex-LAPD officer faces disturbing child abuse charges

Paul Razo, a former officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, is now facing legal scrutiny over allegations of child sexual abuse.

Razo was taken into custody on May 10, following allegations of repeated child assault, as disclosed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. On May 5, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office lodged eight counts against Razo, citing lewd acts against a child.

The abuse allegedly occurred between 2007 and 2016, during the period Razo resided in Covina, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Given the nature of the allegations and Razo’s access to children during that period, investigators are considering the likelihood of more unidentified victims.

Razo’s tenure with the LAPD spanned approximately 24 years, during which he last served as a training coordinator in the Hollywood area. He officially left the department in March 2023.

The allegations against Razo have elicited a strong response from the LAPD. A statement from the department indicated that Chief Michel Moore is deeply troubled by the charges, as they completely contrast the expected conduct of an LAPD officer.

With the investigation ongoing, the authorities are encouraging any potential victims or those with additional information to come forward.