LASD Captain Allegedly Caught in Human Trafficking Sting Operation Soliciting Sex from A Minor

UPDATED: September 14th, 8:33 AM, 11:49 AM, 1:01 pm

EDITOR’S NOTE: The extent to conceal the alleged detention of Norris is currently creating a web of misinformation meant to confuse and distort the truth because of Norris’s recent promotion to Commander and has been actively spearheading the changes in the department culture with respect to station tattoos and deputy subgroups.

At approximately 1:00 PM I asked LASD Communications Director Nicole Nishida if LASD was the lead investigating agency (as LAPD sources are now tossing the ball back in their court).


                                                                                                                   Communication sent to confirm if LASD is the lead investigating agency.Photo by Cece Woods


An LASD Captain, currently in the position of Acting Commander, was allegedly caught in a human trafficking sting operation this weekend according to multiple inside sources.

Department insiders told The Current Report Captain Charles Norris IV is Acting Commander of the Special Operations Division.

The Special Operations Division (SOD) is comprised of Aero Bureau, Emergency Operations Bureau, Special Enforcement Bureau, Criminal Intelligence Bureau, Transit Services Bureau, and Metrolink Bureau.  Additionally, SOD Headquarters maintains functional supervision of the Crisis Negotiation Team, and the Muslim Community Affairs Unit.

The SOD provides support to all units within the Department and mutual aid assistance to outside agencies via its various bureaus and details.

Norris, one of Sheriff Luna’s first promotions, sources say was allegedly detained after an online decoy operation lead to an in-person meeting with a minor (numerous sources say it was a detective posing as a minor). The lead agency of the operation is unknown at this time. The incident occurred on Saturday September 9th.

Sources at LAPD, who were originally rumored to be the lead on the sting operation, revealed there is a special room at Metropolitan Detention Center where sworn and/or commanding officers are booked and that no other details were known at press time.

Several attempts by The Current Report to confirm the alleged detainment of the LASD’s executive personnel in connection with the human trafficking incident were unsuccessful.

Below is my communication with LASD Sheriff’s Information Bureau Captain Lorena Rodriguez, who forwarded my inquiry regarding Norris’s alleged involvement, to LASD Communications Director Nicole Nishida:

I forwarded a statement circulated among department personnel reportedly connected to Norris’s alleged detainment in the incident. Nishida confirmed it was a department statement but would not release any additional information.


Additional attempts to confirm the incident allegedly involving Captain Norris IV was sent to Captain Richard Ruiz of the Special Victims Unit, Human Trafficking Division and Chief Chris Marks who oversees the division.

Ruiz has extensive knowledge and expertise in the investigation of both physical and sexual abuse of children, as well as investigating child death investigations. He has been a member of a Federal Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce and was cross-designated as a United States Marshal through the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).  Ruiz is a recognized expert on child abuse and commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC).

Chief Marks has overseen the Detective Division at that rank since 2021.

Neither Ruiz nor Marks responded to my requests to confirm the allegations.


Once The Current Report was alerted of the incident, we searched arrest records and were unable to locate information indicating Norris was booked for the incident, a felony.

If you or anyone you know is a victim of child sexual abuse and needs help please call:

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s CyberTipline

Hours: 24-Hours Hotline


This is a developing story and will be updated as information comes in.

This article was discussed on the new You Tube series “Undercover LA” on The Police Applicant Podcast channel.

Cece Woods

The Current Report Editor in Chief Cece Woods started The Local Malibu, an activism based platform in 2014. The publication was instrumental in the success of pro-preservation ballot measures and seating five top vote-getters in the Malibu City Council elections.

During the summer of 2018, Woods exposed the two-year law enforcement cover-up in the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings, and a few short months later provided the most comprehensive local news coverage during the Woolsey Fire attracting over one million hits across her social media platforms.

Since 2020, Woods was the only journalist reporting on the on-going public corruption involving former L.A. Metro CEO Phil Washington. Woods worked with Political Corruption expert Adam Loew, DC Watchdog organizations and leaders in the Capitol exposing Washington which ultimately led to the withdrawal of his nomination to head the FAA.

Woods also founded Malibu based 90265 Magazine and Cali Mag devoted to the authentic southern California lifestyle.

1 Comment

  1. Well, the LASD continues its decades long practice of protecting upper management from embarrassing corruption by refusing to speak to the press or name the culprit. Nicole Nishida was very artful stating there was “no arrest” but she knew exaxtly who you were talking about. And Chief Marks just ignored you. Outstanding. After 35 years and now thankfully retired from a formerly great LASD, I’ve always acknowledged that the “code of silence” does exist on the LASD, but where it resides is within the management ranks all the way to sheriff. Way to go Luna!!

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