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Former police officer faces sexual assault charges

A former policeman was formally charged with felony sexual assault recently. The alleged sexual assault (22 counts) occurred while the man was working for his former police department as well as another agency in California. The man facing criminal charges is 31.

The man was arrested close to his home on a recent Thursday morning. He was placed in jail on a bail of more than $3 million. His arrest occurred following a detailed investigation that involved multiple victims.

The man had been employed for about 10 months when the very first accusations were made in October of 2015. At that time, the man's police powers were suspended. Afterward, extra alleged acts were revealed during district attorney investigations taking place in two separate counties. While both of these investigations were taking place, the man resigned in February of this year.

The man's sexual assault charges in California are related to five different victims and happened between July of 2013 and October of 2015. These charges include rape, kidnapping with the goal of committing rape, oral copulation and sexual penetration under the color of authority, forcible sex offenses, battery and criminal threat. The man may proceed to trial to vigorously fight these criminal charges, or he may seek to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecution, which may lead to lighter charges or a more lenient sentence than what could result following a guilty verdict at trial. In either situation, the criminal defense will push for an outcome that is in the defendant's best interests considering the circumstances surrounding the case.

Source: San Mateo, CA, Patch, "Former San Mateo Police Officer Charged With 22 Sexual Assault, Related Counts", Renee Schiavone, July 21, 2016

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