FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 19, 2014 —
The fate of disgraced former West Sacramento police officer Sergio Alvarez went into the hands of 12 jurors on Friday.
Alvarez was arrested a year ago and charged with sexually assaulting five women “under color of authority” while on patrol in the city. The alleged victims tended to be people in marginal situations – prostitutes or those with drug or alcohol problems.
Prosecutors say Alvarez detained women he found while patrolling the West Capitol Avenue area during the graveyard shift, pressuring them for sex in exchange for not arresting them.
Defense attorney J. Toney has conceded misdoings by the officer – including “consensual” sex while on duty with three of the alleged victims – but has argued that the charges of rape and sexual assault are made up by unreliable witnesses hoping to cash in on a civil lawsuit against the department.
As the News-Ledger went to press, a verdict on the 27 felony charges had not yet been announced.
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