NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — FEB 25, 2013 –
The West Sacramento Police Department has announced the arrest of one of its officers on sexual assault and kidnapping charges.
The alleged crimes are believed to have occurred while Sergio Alvarez was performing duties on patrol. Trouble was discovered on September 24, 2012.
“Information regarding possible criminal conduct by Alvarez came to the attention of the West Sacramento Police Department as the result of a routine field contact by a uniformed patrol officer,” said Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police department in a press release. “Alvarez was immediately placed on administrative leave and a criminal investigation was initiated.”
Sacramento police were asked to help investigate.
“The investigation identified six female victims ranging in age from 20 to 47 years old,” Sockman continued. “All of the victims frequented the West Capitol area. Alvarez used his position as a police officer to stop and assault the victims.”
Results of the investigation were forwarded to the Yolo County District Attorney’s office, and the Grand Jury issued an indictment. Alvarez “has been served with termination paperwork” and is now in custody in Yolo County Jail, reported Sockman.
Bail was set at $26.3 million, Sockman added at a later press conference.
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(More information on this story will be in the News-Ledger’s Feb. 27 print edition.)
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