FORMER COP BACK IN COURT TO FACE SEX CHARGES INVOLVING GIRL HE SUPERVISED IN POLICE EXPLORER PROGRAM

OCDASeal

Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
August 3, 2006
Contact:

Susan Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
(714) 347-8408 Office
(714) 323-4486 Cell

FORMER COP BACK IN COURT TO FACE SEX
CHARGES INVOLVING GIRL HE SUPERVISED IN
POLICE EXPLORER PROGRAM

*Fled to London in 2004 before trial and placed on OCDA’s 10 Most Wanted

WESTMINSTER – Former Anaheim Police officer, who fled to London before facing trial on charges that he had sex with a minor girl in the police Explorer program, will be in court tomorrow for arraignment and bail review hearing at 9:00 a.m. at the West Justice Center, W-14, in Westminster.  Jason David Rosewarne, 35, of County of Devon in Southwest England, is charged with engaging in oral copulation with a minor.  If convicted, he could receive three years in state prison. 

The People are asking the court to increase the bail to $250,000 because they believe that the defendant is a flight risk and the current bail is insufficient to guarantee his appearance.  The People will also request that the defendant forfeit his passport; that he be ordered to have no contact with Jane Doe; that he not be in the presence of any minor females; and that he submit to any additional terms the court deems necessary.

Rosewarne is charged with engaging in sexual acts with a minor female who he met when he was an Anaheim Police officer and supervisor in a police Explorer program.  Explorers are made-up of about 50 high school students who volunteer to help in police/community activities.  Rosewarne is accused of violating his position of trust as a police officer and a supervisor.  The defendant is accused of sending sexual text messages, engaging in sexual conversations with the victim, and engaging in fondling and oral copulation with the minor.

Rosewarne was out of custody on a $20,000 bail. After making several court appearances from November 2002 through March 2003, Rosewarne failed to appear at a court hearing after learning of the sentencing recommendation by the probation department.  Rosewarne was born in England and fled to the U.K. with his wife and children.  On May 27, 2004, the court issued a bench warrant.  He was placed on the OCDA’s 10 Most Wanted in October 2005.  On July 26, 2006, Rosewarne came back to Los Angeles.

Deputy District Attorney Kal Kaliban of the Sexual Assaults Unit is prosecuting this case. 

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