SJ parents discuss fake arrest of teen on GMA

Paul and Nicole Villareal
September 27, 2010 9:05:39 PM PDT
The parents of the San Jose boy who was handcuffed in a fake arrest told their story on ABC's Good Morning America Monday. They said they felt helpless as a police officer in uniform accosted their son for having sex with the officer's stepdaughter.

The parents of the 15-year-old teenager say their son is living in fear that he is being watched all the time. In an exclusive interview on Good Morning America, the boy's mother said the officer barged into their home and they thought the officer was arresting her son for having sex with the officer's 14-year-old stepdaughter.

"We couldn't help him, we couldn't protect him, here is this person is standing in our house, over our son, our son is handcuffed, he's an officer, he's an authority figure and the only thing we know is that we thought our son was getting arrested and there is nothing we can do," Nicole Villarruel said.

The district attorney is looking into whether the officer committed any crimes when he confronted the teen with a plan to "scare him straight."

"It does not bode well for you. Do you know what that means... Not a good thing that the person who [you] had sex with is a cops daughter. The district attorney will probably file charges," the officer said during the exchange, which was captured on cell phone video.

The attorney for the officer says her client was in control during the confrontation and was merely acting as a concerned father.

"Yes, he had just gotten off work but they know him, not as an officer, but as a neighbor and as a concerned parent, and that's how he was acting," Terry Bowman said.

The teen's parents told George Stephanopoulos there is no question in their mind, the officer abused his authority.

If he would have come over in t-shirt, jeans and in his own vehicle, not police vehicle parked in front of the house, fully in uniform, handcuffed, gun holstered, if he would have come to me as a parent, I would have dealt with him as a parent. I feel bad because he has a family, but there are certain things you don't do," Paul Villarruel said.

The boy's parents say they had never met the officer prior to the incident and in no way consented to the fake arrest.


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