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Former Medal of Valor recipient with the LAPD accused of molesting underage boys, including 2 relatives

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A former officer with the Los Angeles Police Department may be in serious legal trouble of his own now that he has been accused of sexually assaulting several underage boys, two of whom are related to him.

On Wednesday, Paul Razo, 46, was arrested and charged with eight counts of lewd acts on a child. The charges relate to incidents which allegedly occurred between 2006 and 2017, when Razo was a training coordinator with the LAPD, assigned to the Hollywood area.

At the time, Razo was also living in the area of Covina, California, and dating a woman with two sons, who were then between the ages of 9 and 12. According to the Daily Mail, the two boys "regularly" spent the night at Razo's home, and Razo is believed to have assaulted the boys during some of those overnight visits. In addition to those boys, Razo has also been accused of molesting two male relatives who were between the ages of 11 and 13 at the time of the alleged assaults.

"The allegations of sexual abuse against vulnerable children in this case are deeply disturbing and it's particularly troubling that the defendant was a law enforcement officer at the time," said District Attorney George Gascón.

Razo spent 24 years with the LAPD and was even once awarded the Medal of Valor for his actions. In July 2016, while he was off duty, Razo witnessed a car crash and sprang into action, pulling the passenger out through a window after the vehicle caught on fire. Unfortunately, the driver of the vehicle was killed on impact. Razo received the medal in 2018 and "separated" from the force almost five years later in March of this year. The circumstances regarding that separation are unclear.

Razo currently remains behind bars on $2.5 million bail and remains the subject of an ongoing internal-affairs and criminal investigation. "Based on the nature of the allegations and Mr. Razo’s access to children, detectives believe there may be additional unidentified victims," said officials with the sheriff's office. Those conducting the "administrative investigation" will review Razo's "past work history for similar behavior" as well, a statement from the LAPD said.

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