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UPDATE 2/7: Dallas Police Senior Corporal Oscar Araiza was arrested and fired Friday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman who was sleeping on his couch.

On Oct. 6, 2013, Araiza ran into a female acquaintance and her friend while off duty at a bar. After drinking, they went to Araiza's townhome. The friend of the acquaintance passed out on the couch, and at about 3:00 a.m. her friend left, according to a Dallas police news release.

Shortly after, the victim says she awoke when she was being sexually assaulted by Araiza.

Police Chief David Brown fired Araiza, an 18-year Dallas police veteran, following an internal affairs investigation. Araiza was hired in 1995 and assigned to the southwest patrol division.

He was arrested for felony sexual assault.

Araiza has a right to appeal his termination.


EARLIER: DALLAS During a disciplinary hearing Thursday, supervisors of a Dallas police senior corporal recommended he be fired following an allegation that he raped a woman after a night of drinking.

Department sources say the allegation stems from an encounter with a former Dallas school teacher at the senior corporal's East Dallas apartment in October.

Dallas police's Public Integrity Unit conducted a criminal investigation and ran a search warrant on his home. Sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity say charges are expected to be filed against him.Meanwhile, internal affairs investigators have launched a separate investigation.

It is department policy that the internal investigation follows the criminal probe.

Chief David Brown will now have to decide whether to fire the veteran officer.

His attorney declined to comment. This is the second Dallas police officer accused of sex assault this year.

Last week, Officer La'Cori Johnson was arrested for allegedly raping a woman in his squad car in return for him not taking her to jail on an outstanding warrant.

News 8 has chosen not to identify the senior corporal, as he has not been arrested or charged with a crime.

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