Javier Romaguera was supposed to help her.
After picking her up, Romaguera can be heard in a radio transmission claiming he was taking her to her former residence in Miramar.
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Instead, the woman claims he took her to the Stadium Hotel after midnight, booked her a room and tried to have sex with her, touching her neck and breasts before leaving after she refused his advances and began crying.
Romaguera was suspended from the department with pay after Local 10 News reported on the allegations last November. A criminal investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is ongoing.
“She didn’t run. She didn’t call the police, because he was the police,” said attorney Stephan Lopez, who is representing the woman along with attorney Phillip Ortiz.
Her attorneys now say that new hotel surveillance video that they obtained in a now-settled lawsuit they filed against the Stadium Hotel bolsters the woman’s claims.
The video shows Romaguera escorting the woman, whose identity is being protected due to the nature of the case, to the room, at times arm-in-arm, at other times holding her hand. It also reveals that he spent 10 minutes inside the room alone with her before leaving.
“The surveillance videos clearly establish a complete departure from all law enforcement policies and procedures,” Ortiz wrote in a statement to Local 10 News.
But what Romaguera tells the clerk while paying for the room with his personal credit card may be more damaging, including his admonition to the clerk that “no can knows she’s here.”
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“It’s kind of sad,” he explains at the counter. “She’s just a baby … she’s Haitian, so she doesn’t speak English. Her parents brought her here so she could have an education … She comes here with her husband. He beats the s*** out of her. We’re trying to find him, but she can’t go back to the house.”
The problem with his story is that there was no reported domestic violence incident that night and, according to her attorneys and a