A Los Angeles Superior Court jury awarded $9.2 million Thursday to a teen-age girl who was molested by a Los Angeles police officer at her parents' home in 1989.
The jury ordered the city of Los Angeles to pay $6.1 in compensatory damages to the girl and ordered Stanley Tanabe, a former LAPD officer who was convicted and went to jail, to pay $3.1 million in punitive damages.
Tanabe, once a member of the Police Department's elite Metro Division, entered the Hollywood home of the girl, then 13, while he was off duty but wearing a uniform. Pretending he was conducting an investigation, Tanabe was allowed into the house and fondled the girl in her bedroom. When he returned, again in uniform and off duty, the family reported him to the police and he was arrested.
Tanabe was convicted in 1990 of sexual battery, lewd conduct and burglary. He was sentenced to two years in state prison.