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UPDATE: Palmdale Sheriff's deputy arrested at Valencia home on sex charges

Posted: July 30, 2013 10:06 a.m.
Updated: July 30, 2013 11:37 a.m.
 

A Palmdale sheriff’s deputy was arrested at his home in Valencia Monday and now faces multiple felony charges including sexual penetration under the color of authority and rape under fear or duress, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

At 5:30 p.m. Monday, Deputy Jose Rigoberto Sanchez, 28, a seven-year veteran of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station was arrested at his home on Montevista Court, in the area of Decoro Drive and Copper Hill Drive, according to sheriff’s reports.

Investigators with the sheriff’s Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau arrested Sanchez on 11 felony counts including; sexual penetration under the color of authority, rape under fear or duress, and soliciting a bribe from alleged victims, according to a news release issued by the department.

The six-month internal probe into a 2010 incident began after investigators received a tip from an informant, according to the report. The case was turned over to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in January of 2011, according to the release.

Sanchez was taken into custody without incident, and is being held in lieu of $1.4 million bail.

Sanchez was relieved of duty with pay after the alleged incident in 2010, and was relieved of duty without pay Monday.

Sanchez is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles where is scheduled to be arraigned on rape and other charges involving two women, the District Attorney’s Office announced in news release Tuesday.

Sanchez is charged with 11 felony counts, including soliciting a bribe, kidnapping to commit another crime, rape by fear or duress and multiple counts of sexual assault under color of authority, according to the release.

After an extensive investigation by the District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division, Sanchez was charged with soliciting a bribe from a female driver he pulled over in Palmdale while on duty on Sept. 22, 2010.

Sanchez allegedly offered not to arrest her on an outstanding warrant in exchange for sex. Two nights later, he pulled over another female on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and allegedly solicited a bribe in the form of sexual activity.

The case is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Rosa Alarcon with the Justice System Integrity Division.

If convicted, Sanchez faces up to life in state prison.

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