A former Tucson police officer fired earlier this year after a woman he arrested alleged he forced her to perform a sex act, has been arrested in a new, unrelated investigation.
The latest criminal accusations leveled against Benjamin Gaballa, 24, stem from a search of his home Tuesday as part of a police investigation into claims he had prohibited or illegal weapons, Tucson police said in a news release Wednesday.
During the search, officers said, they came across a motorcycle that Gaballa had reported stolen to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department in June 2012.
Gaballa was then arrested on suspicion of one count each of fraud and forgery, both felonies, Sgt. Maria Hawke said in a news release. The police inquiry into the weapons continues.
Gaballa was hired by TPD in September 2012. He was fired last Aug. 22, after a woman said that after she was arrested, he took her to a midtown parking garage and made her perform a sex act. She reported the incident at the jail. Gaballa was eventually accused of sexual abuse and sexual assault in that incident, police have said.