An NYPD detective responsible for keeping tabs on city sex offenders found himself behind bars for molesting a 12-year-old girl, officials said Saturday.
Det. Juan Jimenez, 37, was arrested at 7 p.m. Friday after he was accused of groping and sexually abusing the child, his daughter’s friend, officials said.
He was charged with two counts of sex abuse, forcible touching and acting in a manner injurious to a child, cops said.
Police said Jimenez was babysitting his daughter and her friend in his Brooklyn home in July when he allegedly groped and tried to kiss his child’s pal.
The child reported the incident to police, who launched an investigation.
A Brooklyn Criminal Court judge Friday night ordered Jimenez released without bail. He is expected to answer the charges in court in November.
Police sources said Jimenez is assigned to the NYPD’s Sex Offender Monitoring Unit in Manhattan Criminal Court, where sex offenders living in the city are supposed to register after being released from custody.
The monitoring unit makes sure that photos of the sex offenders are taken and that the offender provides police with updated phone numbers, emails and social media accounts, officials said.
Jiminez was suspended following his arrest, officials said.