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Sacramento police officer faces sex crimes charges

Some of our Roseville readers may have heard about the Sacramento police officer who was arrested recently. The 49-year-old officer, who has been with the Sacramento Police Department for 22 years, was arrested on allegations of sexual assault.

According to reports, this police officer is accused of engaging in three instances of rape and sexual assault against the same elderly woman between 2010 and 2012. The alleged 78-year-old victim is said to have suffered from a stroke in the past, which has left her with impaired speech. The officer is currently being held on $1 million bail.

There are no indications that the officer was intoxicated or that he used his service weapon in the assaults. However, the chief of the police department stated that he had no explanation for the assaults. The alleged incidents reportedly occurred when the officer was off-duty.

Allegations of sexual assault can be devastating for anyone, but particularly so for a police officer. There can be immediate ramifications before the judicial process even begins to play out. In this instance, the officer was immediately fired from the department, a rare step as most officers are placed on administrative leave with pay when they face criminal charges in keeping with the principle of "innocent until proven guilty."

The reports indicate that a DNA match was made between the officer and a sample taken from the first assault in 2010. The victim is also said to have identified the officer through a video recording.

When someone is charged with sexual assault, they can expect to face an aggressive prosecution and an exhaustive investigation. Working with an attorney who has experience defending individuals who face sexual assault charges would be wise.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Sacramento police arrest veteran officer on suspicion of sexual assault," Kim Minugh, Dec. 21, 2012

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