Policeman sued for allegedly molesting a woman’s corpse
A police officer who was accused of molesting a woman’s corpse has been sued by her family for ‘invading their privacy, inflicting emotional distress, and mishandling human remains.’
A lawsuit filed on Tuesday, August 11, in LA Superior Court by the deceased’s family identifies the officer, David Rojas, and accuses other unnamed LAPD employees of viewing and sharing bodycam footage of the alleged incident.
The lawsuit alleges that when Rojas was dispatched to 34-year-old Elizabeth Baggett’s home in October 2019, he discovered that she had died of a drug overdose, and then, “sexually molested the Decedent, including fondling the Decedent’s breasts and feeling her nipples”.
“The defendants’ bodycam recorded video of the Decedent’s naked form, including video of Defendants David Rojas engaging in sexual contact with Decedent,” court documents obtained by The Sun said.
“The defendants transmitted the video to others who subsequently viewed the video.”
The lawsuit was filed by attorney Gloria Allred on behalf of the estate of the deceased woman and her family including Elizabeth’s mother Janet Baggett; son Preston Sertich; and the child’s father, Michael Sertich.
They are alleging ‘invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, mishandling of human remains, violation a Civil Code which prohibits the distribution of such a video, intrusion into private affairs and violation of statutory duties.’
“We are seeking compensatory and punitive damages according to proof at trial,” Ms. Allred said.
In a tearful statement on Tuesday, Elizabeth’s mother said: “shock and disgust” did not “even come close to describing the horror” of hearing that her daughter’s body had been interfered with.
“I learned in the despair of losing Elizabeth that she was abused by the police officer sworn to protect her and all of us,” she said.
“I am infuriated that this man had so little respect for another human being, our Elizabeth, for not having the thought that she is someone’s daughter, granddaughter, and mother.”
Janet said she wants “justice for her daughter because of this horrible disgusting act” that has left her and her family suffering from many “sleepless nights”.