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Ex-CHP officer convicted of bribery and perjury for dismissing speeding ticket in exchange for sex

June 21, 2010 |  5:27 pm


A former California Highway Patrol officer was convicted Monday of bribery and perjury for allegedly dismissing a traffic ticket for a woman who agreed to have sex with him.

Abram Carabajal, 53, faces up to four years and eight months in prison when he is sentenced in San Diego County Superior Court in Vista.

The jury that convicted Carabajal acquitted Shirin Zarrindej, 49, a dog-groomer, of similar charges. Investigators followed the two to a motel in Oceanside after Carabajal went to court to have the speeding ticket dismissed.

The jury split 11-1 for conviction on a conspiracy charge against the two.

Carabajal, a 26-year veteran of the CHP, retired immediately after being confronted by investigators about the motel tryst. Carabajal had written Zarrindej a speeding ticket on Interstate 5 near Camp Pendleton in March 2008.

During the trial, he insisted that he and Zarrindej were having a love affair. Four women testified that he had made suggestive comments to them after stopping them on the freeway-- allegations that Carabajal denied.

Prosecutors sought to have Carabajal taken immediately into custody. Judge Lisa Foster declined but  ordered him to surrender his guns to Oceanside police.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Ex-CHP officer Abram Carabajal in court. Credit: Fox-Five News in San Diego