FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Eric Sanders, Esq., of The Sanders Firm, P.C., announces NYPD Detective Juan J. Jimenez has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of New York, its internal investigators’ and ACS employees for falsely arresting and accusing him of sexually abusing a 12 year old female minor child
NEW YORK, November 3, 2021 – Today, more than two years ago on September 25, 2019, Jimenez was falsely arrested for sexually abusing a minor child. According to the lawsuit, from the outset, the minor child admitted during the one and only forensic interview that she lies. More importantly, there’s no independent corroborative evidence that Jimenez committed any criminal offense. According to the lawsuit, with reckless disregard for the truth and lacking probable cause, on September 27, 2019, Commanding Officer Hugh Bogle, Internal Affairs Bureau Group No.: 41, authorized the arrest of Jimenez for Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and related charges. He then directed Sergeant Derby Wanccique, Internal Affairs Bureau Group No.: 41, to arrest Jimenez and Detective Pascale Denis, Internal Affairs Bureau Group No.: 41, to process his arrest.
On September 30, 2019, Jimenez was falsely accused in a parallel child abuse investigation for allegedly abusing the same minor child and endangering the welfare of his own minor children, according to the lawsuit. From the outset, based on the case notes, Supervisor Vivene Simpson and Child Protective Specialist Glory Okezie knew the minor child’s own parents admitted that she lies and they didn’t believe her. According to the lawsuit, prior to the arrest of Jimenez, the minor’s parents or other potential witnesses were never interviewed. More importantly, despite the lack of credible evidence, two (2) Article 10 petitions were filed against Jimenez, according to the claims. On December 19, 2019, the Article 10 petition regarding the minor child was dismissed. On September 21, 2020, the Article 10 petition regarding endangering the welfare of his own minor children was dismissed. On September 24, 2021, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services removed all instances of indicated abuse naming Jimenez related to the aforementioned allegations from the State Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment.
According to the lawsuit, on May 26, 2020, Assistant District Attorney Chris Mirabella, Office of the Kings County District Attorney, Special Victims Division informed Detective Denis, the charges against Jimenez have officially been dismissed because on March 26, 2020, NO BILL was returned. Both Jimenez and Detective Denis testified.
On September 30, 2019, Commanding Officer Bogle, filed Charges and Specifications against Jimenez related to sexually abusing a minor child. After a two (2) day department trial, on July 30, 2021, Assistant Deputy Commissioner – Trials Nancy R. Ryan recommended Jimenez be found NOT GUILTY of sexually abusing the minor child. Throughout her decision, she notes from the outset, the minor child admitted during the one and only forensic interview that she lies. More importantly, she notes further embellishments and other than the minor child false assertions, there’s no independent corroborative evidence that Jimenez committed any criminal offense.
“I was falsely arrested based upon the blatant lies of a misguided minor child. The internal investigators’ and ACS did not have the common decency to ensure that I just as so many others in my position receive an ‘objective’ appropriate investigation. The department decided to move forward with my arrest and ACS with ‘legally baseless’ Article 10 petitions which led to my continuing legal nightmare. I was threatened with losing my freedom, family and career. My reputation and character is forever stained with sexually offensive crimes I did not commit,” said Jimenez.
“Unfortunately, Mr. Jimenez’s case is not unusual save for the fact he’s in law enforcement. Every day the NYPD and ACS ruin reputations and households throughout the Greater New York Area with similar misguided biased investigations. With these legal claims, Mr. Jimenez intends to shed light on the problem and hold the City accountable for these actions,” said lawyer Eric Sanders.
The federal civil rights lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York: Juan J. Jimenez v. City of New York, et al. Docket No.: 21 cv 6133.
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