Authorities in New York have launched a case against a police officer who once led a department “gay” organization, alleging he preyed on a relative’s adopted son and forced the boy to have sex with him.
Jaime Katz, a veteran officer now assigned to the Police Academy, “developed a relationship … and over time groomed him for sex and sex-related acts,” Assistant District Attorney John Temple said, according to the New York Post.
Katz, who was being held on $500,000 bail, has pleaded innocent.
But Temple said the victim was orphaned and Katz’s relatives adopted that child and an older brother. Prosecutors allege the abuse began when the boy was 11 and continued until he was 13.
Temple alleged Katz paid bills for the victim’s adoptive family and went on vacations with them, the newspaper said.
To avoid detection, the police sergeant used “various methods” including the use of multiple cell phones, the newspaper said prosecutors charged.
The counts against Katz, 37, include a criminal sex act and endangering the welfare of a child, the report said.
His defense attorney discounted the claims, telling the judge the allegations have been around “for three years,” and he’s already been questioned by the New York Police Department.
Defense lawyer Andrew Quinn told the newspaper, “The allegations have no credibility due to the boy’s denial of the sexual act occurring.”
Katz formerly headed the “Gay Officers Action League” and led the organization in “gay” pride parades.
“I’m gay, very gay,” Katz said after a 2002 parade, according to the newspaper.