Fourth victim says Coconut Creek police officer sexually assaulted him
Victim says incident happened 4 times
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. –
A fourth victim has come forward and accused a Coconut Creek police officer of sexual battery, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said.
The 15-year-old victim said he has known Officer Daniel Rush “all of his life,” and that the pair met at the Church of Christ located at 390 NW 15th Street, according to an arrest report.
In January 2014, Rush asked the teen if he wanted to go to the movies with some other minors from the church, the deputies said, and then grabbed the teen’s genitals when dropping him off at his home.
The teen told deputies that Rush was being “forceful,” and that he pushed Rush's hand away and jumped out of the vehicle after he was touched.
A similar scenario played out two more times within the same year, according to deputies, with Rush taking a group of minors to the movies, grabbing the teen’s genitals before dropping him off, and having his hand pushed away by the teen.
The final incident happened inside Rush’s residence, when he brought the teen over his house to change before going to the movies, the report said.
When the pair walked into the house, Rush grabbed the teen’s genitals, deputies said, and the teen pushed him away and proceeded to change his clothes in a bathroom.
When the teen stepped out of the bathroom Rush again grabbed the teen’s genitals, the teen again pushed Rush’s hand away and then asked if they could go to the movies, according to deputies.
The pair left house to see the movie.
Rush has been charged with four counts of lewd and lascivious behavior on a minor, according to an arrest report.
Rush has denied the allegations against him. He has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Rush has been an officer for five years. Prior to joining the Coconut Creek Police Department, Rush was an explorer for six years.
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