LAPD detective gets jail, must resign for fondling massage workers

LAPD detective Oris Pace, right, standing behind his attorney, Bill Seki, was sentenced Friday to 180 days in jail and must resign from the force for assaulting three women.
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

A Los Angeles police detective was sentenced Friday to 180 days in jail and must resign from the force after assaulting three San Fernando Valley massage parlor workers while on the job.

Oris Pace was also placed on formal probation for three years following charges that he forced the women at separate parlors to undress and then fondled their bodies, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

In some cases he undressed the women, police said.

Pace, who pleaded no contest in June to the charges, was a supervisor with the Los Angeles Police Commission Investigation Division, making him responsible for enforcing business permits, including at massage parlors.

Authorities first learned about potential problems with Pace in November 2011 when a female massage parlor worker complained about his conduct.

The accusation was not made by one of his victims, but it eventually led to the discovery of the other workers.


The assaults occurred between Jan. 1, 2011, and Jan. 9, 2012, prosecutors told the Los Angeles Times in January.

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