Former Fox reporter/cop arrested for abuse on cruise ship

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Former Fox reporter/cop arrested for abuse on cruise ship

Postby Rigorous Intuition » Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:22 am

<!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Former TV Reporter Is Arrested on Ship</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br>Roderick 'Rod' Bernsen, a retired LAPD officer, is suspected of molesting two boys in a sauna.<br>By Joe Mozingo, Times Staff Writer<br>October 10, 2006<br><br>Roderick "Rod" Bernsen, a former Los Angeles police sergeant who became a well-known reporter on KTTV's Fox 11 television news for more than a decade, was arrested Saturday in Long Beach after returning from a cruise, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said Monday.<br><br>Bernsen was being held without bail at Long Beach City Jail for "a crime that occurred aboard a cruise ship," Eimiller said. She would not disclose the nature of the alleged crime.<br><br>But law enforcement sources with knowledge of the arrest said Bernsen, 58, was suspected of molesting two 12-year-old boys in the ship's sauna. One or more of the boys' parents confronted Bernsen and notified a ship investigator, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the case.<br><br>FBI agents interviewed the two alleged victims when the ship pulled into port early Saturday, the sources said, and Bernsen brought a lawyer on board. He was arrested several hours later. His wife and his sister were with him on the trip, one of the sources said.<br><br>On Sunday, federal prosecutors brought a complaint against Bernsen to U.S. Magistrate Judge Jennifer T. Lum, who found that there was probable cause to continue holding the former reporter until courts open today, the sources said.<br><br>The U.S. attorney's office has 10 court days to decide whether to indict Bernsen or drop the case. He is expected to appear at a detention hearing this morning.<br><br>Bernsen, a veteran Los Angeles Police Department sergeant and spokesman, was Fox 11's law enforcement specialist until he left the station in 2004. His play-by-play commentary on pursuits and other live police actions are considered among the most knowledgeable explanations of policing on television.<br><br>From late last year until May, he filled in as a host on KFI-AM (640), Los Angeles' most popular talk radio station.<br><br><br><!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href=",1,739648.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california&ctrack=1&cset=true"></a><!--EZCODE LINK END--> <p></p><i></i>
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