He turned off his bodycam, but a two-minute buffer allegedly caught him in the act.
The LAPD officer who was accused of fondling a dead woman's breasts has been charged.
David Rojas, 27, could be sent to prison for three years if found guilty of having sexual contact with human remains without authority, according to a statement by Los Angeles County district attorney.
The veteran cop was placed on leave after his bodycam footage reportedly showed him groping a corpse, the LA Times reported.
"If this allegation is true, then the behavior exhibited by this officer is not only wrong, but extremely disturbing, and does not align with the values we, as police officers, hold dear, and these values include respect and reverence for the deceased," the board of directors said in a statement. "This behavior has no place in law enforcement."
Chief spokesman Josh Rubenstein told the Times they "immediately launched an administrative investigation once we learned about the incident and we assigned the officer to home."
Following a Police Commission vote last year, police bodycam footage must be released to the public within 45 days of "critical incidents", such as those that involve deadly force.
However Rubenstein said the video in question does not fall into that category, and thus will not be released.