Local officer arrested on prostitution charge named in new complaint

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A Waco police officer who was charged with misdemeanor prostitution in January has been arrested again, this time on a warrant charging invasive visual recording.

Willy Rafael Lopez. (Jail photo)

"The situation was worse than we thought," said Sheriff Parnell McNamara.

McLennan County deputies first arrested Officer Willy Rafael Lopez, 35, on Jan. 15 in the parking lot of a restaurant near the Baylor University campus.

He was off-duty at the time.

“Evidence recovered in the sheriff office investigation of their case led deputies to obtain an additional arrest warrant for invasive visual recording,” Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said in a brief press release Thursday afternoon.

The day after the arrest, authorities got a warrant for Lopez's cellphone in which, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released Thursday, they found two videos, one of which Lopez had tried to delete, which showed the officer setting up the phone in his son's bedroom, then returning to the room to have sex with a prostitute who didn’t know the encounter was being recorded.

"She was not aware of it, and that's a felony," said McNamara.

The woman was brought in for questioning Thursday and said she and Lopez had met for sex on numerous occasions, according to the affidavit.

Lopez was re-arrested later that afternoon and transported to the McLennan County Jail, but he was released hours later after posting a $2,500 bond.

Lopez remains on administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation, Swanton said.