Prosecutors charged a Los Angeles Police Department officer with extortion and assault against a fellow officer months after she sued the force over allegedly ignoring her reports of revenge porn and other abuse.
Detective Ysabel Villegas accused retired Officer Danny Lee Reedy of rape, physical assault and other violence over the course of their on-off relationship between 2013 and 2017. In March 2019, she sued the department over failing to address her reports of the abuse — among them the allegation that Reedy passed around sexually explicit photos of her at the LAPD after repeatedly threatening to do so.
The criminal charges against Reedy carry a maximum possible sentence of six years in state prison if he is convicted.
Prosecutors have described him as now retired, but he was still employed with the department when Villegas filed the lawsuit last year. At the time, Villegas had left on a stress leave of absence following a 30-year career with the LAPD.
“To end my career this way has been debilitating to say the least. I can’t even describe it. It’s horrible,” she told reporters at the time.
LAPD has not yet responded to KTLA requests for comment by phone and email.
The charges include extortion, extortion by threatening letter and injuring a girlfriend, three misdemeanor counts of violating a domestic violence court order and possession of a firearm with a temporary restraining order, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Authorities issued a warrant for Reedy’s arrest on Monday.
According to prosecutors, beginning in May 2016, he threatened to release compromising photos of Villegas unless returned gifts he gave her while they were dating. Villegas has said Reedy photographed her on multiple occasions without her knowledge.
In the lawsuit, she said he also used the images to force her into having sex with him.
“Again, on July 24, 2017, Detective Villegas told Officer Reedy at the motel that she did not want to have sex with him,” the lawsuit alleges. “Nevertheless, Officer Reedy proceeded to rape her.”
Villegas said he also punched her in the head and stomach in fits of anger and called her degrading slurs. A statement released by the DA’s office refers to one instance when he allegedly struck her outside a restaurant in Glendora in June 2018.
The lawsuit details that reported assault, stating Villegas and Reedy were having dinner at the Continental Restaurant when he became jealous over a text in her phone. “Officer Reedy snuck up behind her and struck her on the left side of her head with his closed fist,” according to the lawsuit, which alleges Reedy also punched her in the stomach.
“Detective Villegas collapsed to the ground. Witnesses confronted Officer Reedy and he left the scene,” the suit states.
According to Villegas, she reported the abuse to LAPD and complained to supervising officers on multiple occasions. But she said Reedy never faced any disciplinary action and the abuse continued to escalate.
At the time, LAPD officials said the department could not comment since the allegations involved pending litigation.