|Jesse Andrew Green|
By Alicia Lopez
A former Garden Grove police officer was convicted Friday of forcibly sodomizing three women, all of whom he knew in a dating capacity.
Jesse Andrew Green, 36, of Huntington Beach, was found guilty by a jury at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana of three felony counts of forcible sodomy and faces a minimum sentence of nine years in state prison and a maximum sentence of 24 years in state prison and lifetime sex offender registration.
His sentencing hearing is set for Nov. 22.
Green was also charged with a count of rape for which the jury was unable to reach a verdict.
At the time of the crime, Green had been a police officer with the Garden Grove Police Department since 2006. The defendant also worked for the Calexico Police Department from 2004 to 2006.
Between April 2006 and November 2009, while working as a police officer, Green dated each of his three victims. At some point with each of the women, the defendant became suddenly aggressive while having consensual encounters and physically restrained and forcibly sodomized them.
He made derogatory and intimidating statements to frighten them, including calling them sluts and other derogatory names and telling them that he had herpes or AIDS and that he had transmitted the disease to them.
The Orange County District Attorney filed charges against Green for the sexual assault his first two victims in October 2010. After news coverage of the case, the third victim came forward and additional charges were filed.
A fourth victim, also came forward to report that she had been raped by the defendant in 1998. While charges could not be filed in that case due to the statute of limitations, that woman did testify in the trial against Green to show his pattern of aggressive sexual abuse.
All of the victims told law enforcement that they were extremely reluctant to report the sexual assault, fearing that Green may use his position as a police officer to retaliate against them. The victims did not know each other.
Huntington Beach Police Department investigated the case involving three of the victims. One case was investigated by the Santa Ana Police Department.
Green's mandatory lifetime sex offender registration will bar him from entering county recreational areas and city parks which have passed the Sex Offender Ordinance.