Wednesday, November 02, 2005


HPD officer accused of sexual advances toward motorist fired

Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt has fired a patrolman accused of making sexual advances to a female motorist during a traffic stop earlier this year.

Officer J. Eric Matamoros, 27, was charged last month with misdemeanor official oppression after a five-month internal police investigation. He later was released from jail after posting a $1,000 bond.

According to the criminal complaint, Matamoros subjected the woman, 23, to both verbal and physical sexual advances — including kissing, touching the woman's breast and attempting to touch her genitals, and asking to perform oral sex on her.

The complaint also accuses Matamoros of offering to let the woman go if she agreed to have sex with him.

Houston police spokesman John Cannon said Matamoros was fired Monday "for engaging in inappropriate conduct with a citizen. At the time, the officer was on duty and performing traffic duties."

Matamoros joined the Houston Police Department in May 2001, and was assigned to the department's traffic division.

He is a member of the Houston Police Officers Union but has hired a private lawyer to represent him in the criminal case, union president Hans Marticiuc said.

"It's obviously a serious allegation. We just want the truth to come out," Marticiuc said.

Matamoros is expected in court on Friday to answer the official oppression charge.


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