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New lawsuit accuses another Louisville Metro Police officer of rape

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville Metro Police officer has been accused of raping a woman last summer, according to a lawsuit filed on behalf of the woman.

Officer Pablo Cano allegedly sexually assaulted the woman in June 2016, "while both in uniform and out of uniform," a Louisville woman claims.

The woman, identified in the complaint only as "Jane Doe," alleges she met Cano in June 2016, and the two exchanged phone numbers. Later he "forced sexual intercourse on multiple occasions" with her, according to the lawsuit, filed June 30 in Jefferson Circuit Court.

"He just showed up at her house," said attorney Attorney Shannon Fauver, who represents the woman. "She never told him where she lived."

Fauver said the woman met the officer at Cherokee Park while both were riding bikes. They exchanged numbers, began Facetime phone conversations and planned to meet for coffee. Favor said the lawsuit is not about money. 

"She just wants him fired and prosecuted," she said. 

Cano, who has been with the department for about two years, has been placed on administrative leave while LMPD investigates the claim, according to attorney Steve Schroering, who represents the officer.

"He maintains his innocence of any criminal activity," Schroering said in an interview.

The lawsuit was filed against Cano, LMPD and the city. The city and department do not discuss pending litigation.

"It worries me," said 7th District Metro Councilwoman Angela Leet. 

LMPD is reeling from an ongoing sex scandal in the explorer program where several former officers are accused of having sex with teens they were supposed to be mentoring. This week, the Metro Council passed new rules requiring police accusations involving children to be reported to outside agencies.  

"In light of this today, I wonder if we should expand the definition beyond just child abuse but to say that if there is a criminal allegation against one of (LMPD's) own, that it should be reported out to an external agency," Leet said. "I'm fearful of cover-ups, and that does erode trust." 

Claims made in filing a lawsuit present only one side of the case.

Fauver said she knows the hardest thing to prove will be that the alleged victim said no. 

"It's going to come down to his word versus her word, " Fauver said. 

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