A third woman has filed a lawsuit with allegations of rape and sexual misconduct by a Louisville Metro Police officer. Officer Pablo Cano, who is already under investigation by the department’s Public Integrity Unit, now faces a total of three lawsuits. He is currently on administrative duty, which means he is not on patrol duty but could be assigned elsewhere in the department.
The third lawsuit comes a week after a third woman came forward with allegations against Cano. The attorney for all three women, Shannon Fauver, confirmed Friday that the third lawsuit is by that woman. Fauver said she knows of three additional victims who are not planning to file lawsuits at this time.
“I believe there are more out there, based on the number that have already come forward,” Fauver said. “I hope they come forward to someone.”
All three women are referred to as Jane Doe in the lawsuits, which were filed in Jefferson Circuit Court. Claims in a lawsuit represent only one side of a case.
Second case: Second woman accuses LMPD officer of rape
The first suit alleges Cano raped a woman on multiple occasions in 2016, including while he was on duty and in uniform. When out of uniform, he still carried his badge, according to the suit.
The second plaintiff alleges Cano forced himself on her when he was off-duty but in uniform, providing security at an event.
The third lawsuit, filed Friday, also contains allegations of forced sexual intercourse on multiple occasions, both in uniform and out of uniform.
Attorney Steve Schroering, who is representing Cano, declined to comment on specifics of the third lawsuit Friday, but said that the officer “certainly maintains his innocence.” The third lawsuit also names the police department and Louisville Metro government as defendants. It claims LMPD and the city are liable due to negligent hiring, training and supervision.
LMPD and Louisville Metro Government do not comment on pending litigation. The accusers are seeking an unspecified monetary judgment against the defendants, as well as a jury trial and punitive damages for emotional distress, humiliation, embarrassment, pain and suffering.
Cano has been an LMPD officer since 2015.