Suspended Lakeland Police Department officer Julio Pagan charged with armed sexual battery, stalking

LAKELAND, Fla. - A suspended Lakeland police officer has been charged with two counts of armed sexual battery and one count of aggravated stalking.

Julio Pagan, 31, was arrested on Thursday and taken to Polk County Jail in Bartow.

According to a police report, Pagan is accused of sexually assaulting a woman while in uniform and on duty.

"If it is true, he has shamed each and every officer in this department," Chief Lisa Womack said during a news conference.

According to the police report, Pagan went to the victim's home on several occasions in uniform.  The victim said she and Pagan had sex, at least once, while he was on duty.

Chief Womack said Pagan met the victim on July 4.  Pagan had responded to a call of shots fired in the area where the victim lives.   On Aug. 12, Pagan returned to the home to investigate a domestic disturbance between the victim and her daughter.

It was during that investigation, the victim says Pagan made sexual advances towards here.  She said she felt the only way to get him out of her home was to have sex with him.

According to the victim, Pagan returned to her home unannounced on Aug. 29, and demanded sex.  Womack said the victim called a non-emergency 911 line to report the incident.  According to the report, Pagan returned to the home again on Sept. 16 and again asked for sex.

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Chief Womack was not made aware of the call until Sept 19.   The police department is now investigating why the call was not reported.  As part of that investigation, one employee from the communications center is now on paid leave.

"I am disgusted," Womack said about the latest incident to plague her department.

Womack expects Pagan's termination to be complete today or by Friday.

"While we called him Officer Pagan today, he will no longer be an officer in this department."

This arrest comes on the heels of an ongoing sexual misconduct scandal. Officials say the cases are not related.

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Pagan has worked for the Lakeland police since 2011. He previously worked for the nearby Bartow Police Department.

He is being held without bond.

Each charge carries a ten year minimum mandatory prison term.

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