Monday, August 30, 2010

LA County Sheriff's Deputy Charged with felony count and gross negligence

Posted By Cotoblogzz 08-30-2010

WESTMINSTER, CA  - Patricia Margaret Bojorquez, a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has been charged with filing a false police report against her ex-husband and firing a firearm in her Westminster home, endangering children playing nearby, according to the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office.

Bojorquez, 43, Westminster, was charged Aug. 26, 2010, with one felony count of discharging a firearm with gross negligence which could have resulted in injury or death to a person and one misdemeanor count of falsely reporting a crime. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison. Bojorquez is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 24, 2010

According to the OCDA's office, on Nov. 18, 2009, Bojorquez is accused of calling the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) Dispatch and falsely reporting that her ex-husband was sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female relative. The defendant is accused of lying about the sexual assault because she was upset over child custody issues. Responding HBPD officers investigated the report and determined that the 13-year-old girl had not been molested and had made no such representation to the defendant.

At approximately 11:50 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2010, Bojorquez is accused of firing a firearm inside her Westminster home. She is accused of shooting a bullet that pierced a bedroom window and exited the home toward a residential street where children were playing in the front yards of their homes. Bojorquez is accused of showing a disregard for the safety of the children outside, who were directly in the line of fire. The defendant's brother and fiancé were in the house at the time and called the police. The Westminster Police Department investigated this case.

The defendant is currently on probation for two driving under the influence (DUI) convictions in Orange County.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Olivieri with the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.

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