California cop arrested after allegedly masturbating at home during domestic disturbance call


A California police officer has been arrested after he was caught masturbating by a family who called police for help with a domestic disturbance, officials said Thursday.

San Jose officer Matthew Dominguez, 32, allegedly ‘touched’ himself in front of two female family members at home on April 21 – then exposed himself to the mother, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office .

The “shocked and frightened” women ran to two men elsewhere in the house, and one of them allegedly saw Dominguez exposing himself in the dining room of the house, the prosecutor said.

“The charged behavior is more than disturbing,” prosecutor Jeff Rosen said in a statement. “Law enforcement officers respond to our homes to help victims of crime, not to terrorize, traumatize, and create new victims.”

Dominguez, who worked for the department for four years, had been called home along with other officers following a report of a mentally ill family member becoming violent, officials said.

Dominguez reportedly sent two other officers to find the mentally ill family member before exposing himself, the DA said.

The officer is on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation, a San Jose police spokesperson said. He was slapped with an indecent exposure charge and could face a year in prison and 10 years on the sex offenders register.

Police Chief Anthony Mata posted a YouTube video on Thursday showing him dragging Dominguez out of the department’s internal affairs office.

San Jose officer Matthew Dominguez is accused of exposing his genitals to a family.
Santa Clara County

“Last week I said that when an officer breaches the public trust or engages in criminal conduct, I would personally fire them. Today I did,” Mata said in a statement provided to The Post.

The incident was one of several involving the department that have come to light in recent weeks, according to NBC Bay Area, which first reported on the allegations against Dominguez last week.

Another officer has been furloughed for allegedly responding to a kidnapping report while intoxicated, while another is being investigated for allegations he traded a methamphetamine pipe to a woman in exchange for information, NBC reported.

The police chief said he is proposing a change to the disciplinary procedure that would allow him to “speak openly with the public” when he thinks firing a cop is the only option.

“Let me start by sharing my commitment to transparency,” he said in a previous statement. “The days of being told it was a ‘staff thing’ are over at the San Jose Police Department. My administration and I will share what we can when it comes to investigations. Although the amount of information we can provide may be limited, we will provide it.


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