Officer Clay Rojas, 36, of the Santa Clara Police Department has been arrested for providing confidential DMV information to a member of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang, William Bettencourt, 38, of Live Oaks. Rojas is expected to be arraigned on Monday. He could face up to three years in prison.
No reason has been given as yet as to why Rojas might have provided Bettencourt with the information. Bettencourt was arrested last month and charged with possession of steroids for sale, gang membership, and battery. If convicted he could face 25 years to life under California’s three strikes rule.
Rojas himself is no stranger to controversy. A five-year veteran of the SCPD, he previously served with the San Jose Police Department. During that time, he and several other officers were involved in a case where excessive force led to a suspect’s death.
On the SCPD website, Chief Steve Lodge said the incident “tarnishes the good name of our Department and our profession, but at the end of the day, I believe this is an isolated incident limited to one employee. He made some incredibly bad decisions that amount to criminal conduct.”
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