Lopez affidavit

An arrest affidavit submitted by the McLennan County Sheriff's Office alleges Waco Police Department Officer Willy Lopez secretly recorded himself having sex with a prostitute in September.

McLennan County Sheriff's Office

A Waco Police officer on leave since his arrest on a prostitution charge last month was arrested again Thursday after investigators say they found a recording the officer made of himself having sex with a prostitute in November.

Willy Rafael Lopez, 35, of Waco, was arrested by McLennan County Sheriff’s Office detectives on a state-jail felony charge of invasive video recording. He was initially arrested Jan. 15 arrest on a Class B misdemeanor charge of prostitution in an undercover sting. Lopez, a Street Crimes Unit member, had agreed to meet an undercover officer for sex in exchange for a fee, according to warrants filed after the first arrest.

Waco Police Chief Ryan Holt said Lopez was placed on administrative leave the day after his arrest. As sheriff’s office detectives continued to investigate, they received a search warrant for his phone and later his home.

Investigators found a cellphone video of Lopez having sex with a known prostitute in a bedroom in his Waco apartment, one of the warrants states. According to the arrest affidavit on the new charge, investigators were able to date the video to Nov. 6, 2017.

The affidavit states the woman was interviewed and told detectives she was aware of who Lopez is and “that the two have met on numerous occasions. She indicated that at no time has she allowed or had knowledge of the fact that Lopez was recording their sexual acts.”

Lopez was booked back into McLennan County Jail on Thursday afternoon and was being held on bond listed at $2,500.

Lopez will remain on administrative leave pending the Waco Police Department’s internal investigation, Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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