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LAPD officer allegedly forces himself on Texas motel employee

Authorities say that Silvio Sam Filipovich was arrested just outside Austin and booked on suspicion of attempted sexual assault.

April 07, 2009|Andrew Blankstein

A Los Angeles police officer was arrested over the weekend in Travis County, Texas, for allegedly forcing himself on a motel employee while she was retrieving a crib for his child, authorities said Monday.

Silvio Sam Filipovich, 43, was taken into custody Friday night at the Mountain Star Lodge motel just outside Austin.

He was booked on suspicion of attempted sexual assault and released after posting $20,000 bail, said Travis County Sheriff's spokesman Roger Wade.

Filipovich was not on active duty and "on an extended leave" at the time of the reported incident, according to a source who said he was not authorized to discuss the case because it was a personnel matter.

According to authorities, Filipovich asked a female motel employee for a crib for his infant child about 10:30 p.m. Friday. He then allegedly pushed her into a closet and tried to fondle her before she fought him off and called for help.

Filipovich could not be reached for comment.

Records obtained by The Times show that the 21-year LAPD veteran has had a history of misconduct allegations.

The records, which date to 1995, show that department officials had recommended discipline of more than 100 days for alleged offenses by Filipovich, including trying to improperly convert an on-duty contact into a social relationship, making a discourteous remark and being discourteous during traffic stops.

In one case, records show, department officials alleged that while off duty, Filipovich "inappropriately exposed [his] penis in a public place." It was unclear from the records what, if any, discipline he received.

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andrew.blankstein@latimes.com

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