Don't you just feel so "safe" with all these police officers out there committing sexual and/or other crimes?
LOS ANGELES - A 28-year-old deputy who worked patrol in the Palmdale Sheriff's Station was under orders to appear in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom today to say how he pleads to rape and bribery charges involving women who were pulled over for supposed traffic violations.
Jose Rigoberto Sanchez, a seven-year veteran of the force, was taken into custody at his home about 5:30 p.m. Monday on suspicion of raping a woman and soliciting bribes from her and another woman while on duty nearly three years ago, the sheriff's department reported.
Sanchez has been jailed in lieu of nearly $1.5 million bail while awaiting arraignment in Los Angeles Superior Court this morning on 11 felony counts. If tried and convicted, he could be sentenced up to life in state prison, according to the District Attorney's Office.
He is charged with two counts of soliciting a bribe and one count each of kidnapping to commit another crime, rape by fear or duress, rape under color of authority, sexual penetration by a foreign object, sexual penetration under color of authority, sodomy by fear or duress, sodomy under color of authority, oral copulation by fear or duress and oral copulation under color of authority
The charges follow an extensive investigation by the District Attorney's Justice System Integrity Division and involve traffic stops of two female motorists. All but one of the counts involve a woman who was stopped Sept. 22, 2010.
Sanchez allegedly offered not to arrest the woman on an outstanding warrant in exchange for sex, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Two nights later, he pulled over another woman on suspicion of driving under the influence and allegedly solicited a bribe in the form of sexual activity, according to the District Attorney's Office.
A six-month investigation into a 2010 incident began with a tip from an informant and the case was turned over to the District Attorney's Office in January of 2011, authorities said.
Sanchez was relieved of duty with pay in 2010 and without pay starting Monday, when he was arrested, officials said.