Bay Area police officer accused of masturbating while on disturbance call

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS RADIO) – A San Jose police officer is facing an indecent exposure charge after he allegedly masturbated in the home of a family he and other officers were dispatched to during a disturbance.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office said Matthew Dominguez, 32, is alleged to have committed the act during a call concerning a mentally ill family member being violent on April 21.

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According to a news release, he sent two other responding officers away "to locate the subject" and then "touched himself in front of two female family members," later "(exposing) himself to the mother."

Dominguez is also accused of exposing himself in a dining area.

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San Jose police officer Matthew Dominguez, 32, is alleged to have committed the act during a call on April 21. Photo credit Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office

San Jose police officer Matthew Dominguez, 32, is alleged to have committed the act during a call on April 21. Photo credit Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office

"The shocked and scared victims fled and reported the officer's behavior to two male relatives nearby," a news release stated.

He's currently on administrative leave. The investigation is ongoing.

If convicted, Dominguez – who has been on the force for four years – could face a year in jail and be placed on the sexual offender list for a decade.

Dominguez is the third San Jose police officer facing criminal accusations in recent days. "I made it clear that I will not make excuses for criminal conduct from a Police Officer," Police Chief Anthony Mata said in a statement on Thursday to KCBS Radio. "We are and should be held to the highest standards. That is what the public expects of us and what I expect of the men and women who serve and protect San Jose."

Mata went on to propose "changes to the disciplinary process" that will allow him "to speak openly with the public about cases where I believe termination is the only option." That would include criminal prosecution and decertification as a police officer, Mata added.

The department's official response included a video of Mata walking Dominguez out of the building.

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