Anthony Luciano Vasquez: Ex-cop secretly films sex act with woman before sharing footage with colleagues

Anthony Luciano Vasquez: Ex-cop secretly films sex act with woman before sharing footage with colleagues
Anthony Luciano Vasquez, a California officer, resigned in June 2021 over allegations that he secretly filmed a woman with a hidden camera (Pinole Police Department)

PINOLE, CALIFORNIA: A former California cop is being sued for illegally recording a sex act with a woman. Anthony Luciano Vasquez, a 25-year former Pinole police officer, was charged with felony eavesdropping and misdemeanor "unlawful" video recordings by the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office in September 2021, SFGate reports. Both chargers were linked to claims involving him secretly filming this woman in March 2021 using a hidden camera. The lawsuit says she was contacted by police about the recording in May of that year. 

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The office stated on Facebook that "Vasquez recorded the victim without her consent. The defendant used a hidden camera in his bedroom at his Hercules home for this recording." According to the lawsuit, Vasquez allegedly shared the recording "with at least one other law enforcement officer." 

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"Due to the sexual nature of this criminal complaint, our Office will not name the victim involved or describe her in any way," wrote the office. The statement also read, "Former Pinole Police Officer Anthony Vasquez (24-year-old resident of Hercules) was charged by the District Attorney’s Office with one felony and one misdemeanor for the unlawful video recording of Jane Doe while he was having sex with her. The alleged violations occurred while Vasquez was employed by the City of Pinole. Vasquez has since resigned from the Pinole Police Department."

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Authorities claim that Vasquez was a member of the 17-member text messaging group "The Mafia." According to the lawsuit, when Vasquez was asked if he would soon have sex with the woman, another group member allegedly told him to "send a video" and "get that b—- on snap"—referring to SnapChat, Mercury News reports. 

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SFGate reported, Pinole police chief Neil Gang in 2021 stated, "This type of conduct will not be tolerated, which is why we took immediate action as soon as we learned of the situation. I, as well as this entire department, deeply care about the community and our duty to protect and serve." While the incident was being investigated, Vasquez resigned from the force on June 28, 2021. The suit also claimed that the city's police department failed to do enough and that they "were aware, or reasonably should have been aware, that its employees were engaging in such unlawful conduct."

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According to court documents, Vasquez will have a preliminary hearing in December.

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