By Andrew Blankstein
A former Maywood police K-9 officer was sentenced Tuesday to 19 years in state prison after pleading no contest to sexually assaulting five women while on duty over a two-year period starting in 2006, authorities said.
Ryan Allen West, 33, pleaded no contest to five felonies including two counts of rape and three counts of penetration of a foreign object. The victims were 20 to 50 years old.
At one point, West faced a total of 42 counts but under the plea deal accepted by Superior Court Judge George Lomeli, 37 of them were dismissed. West admitted to sexually assaulting the five women.
Los Angeles County Deputy District Attys. Stephanie Sparagna and Rosa Alarcon with the Justice System Integrity Division prosecuted the case.
The West case was the most serious misconduct incident at the small southeast L.A. County police department, which long had a reputation for hiring misfit cops.
In 2007, a Times investigation into the city's Police Department found that at least a third of the officers on the force had either left other police jobs under a cloud or had brushes with the law while working for Maywood.
During that period, several officers left Maywood after being convicted of crimes.
The Times reported in 2008 that West was hired by Maywood in September 2004 after he resigned amid allegations of misconduct from his job as a police officer in Brawley, Calif., about 30 miles north of Mexicali, Mexico, according to a law enforcement source.