PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) – A Pueblo police officer is facing charges of sexual assault after a woman told police he assaulted her after she called for help in a domestic violence case on Thursday.

A police affidavit says Cpl. Benjamin Candelaria and several other officers interviewed the woman, then left. Authorities say Candelaria returned to fill out paperwork.

Benjamin Candelaria (credit: Pueblo Police Department)

Benjamin Candelaria (credit: Pueblo Police Department)

Later, the unidentified woman went to the hospital and said she had been sexually assaulted. Authorities say the officer’s body camera showed him having a sexual conversation with the woman, and then the body camera was turned off.

Authorities say the 48-year-old officer later admitted he had contact with the woman.

Candelaria was assigned a public defender, who is not identified in court records. The officer has been placed on leave.

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