Former cop to serve life in prison
NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE – APRIL 5, 2014 –
Disgraced former West Sacramento Police Officer Sergio Alvarez will spend the rest of his life in prison. He was sentenced Friday to a sentence of “205 years to life” for sexually assaulting a number of women while on patrol on the city’s streets.
Prosecutors say he used his authority to coerce sex acts from at least five women. The victims were generally people living on society’s margins, whom Alvarez met while patrolling alone on the night shift. The women were “vulnerable members of our society,” said prosecutor Garrett Hamilton of the Yolo County District Attorney’s office.
When one of the victims complained to the West Sacramento police department, detectives from the Sacramento Police Department helped investigate. A police spokesman told the News-Ledger that Sacramento police helped out due to the manpower demands of the investigation.
Alvarez, 38, was arrested in early 2013. He pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, and his attorney unsuccessfully argued that the officer had sex with several of the victims, but on a consensual basis, and that he had never met other alleged victims. He was a West Sacramento resident and family man before his arrest.
After nine days of deliberations, a Yolo county jury on Feb. 27 found Alvarez guilty of 18 felony counts. On Friday, the sentence came down from Judge Timothy Fall.
Said Yolo District Attorney Jeff Reisig in a press statement yesterday:
“Hamilton and the Sacramento P.D. detectives put their heart and soul into this case. As a result of their dedication, justice was served and Alvarez will never be able to harm again.”
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