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Former Sheriff's deputy pleads no contest to rape, bribery

Posted: March 13, 2014 1:04 p.m.
Updated: March 13, 2014 1:04 p.m.
 


A Palmdale sheriff’s deputy who was arrested at his home in Valencia last July pleaded no contest today to rape and bribery charges for a pair of incidents four years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
 
Jose Rigoberto Sanchez, 29, of Valencia, entered his plea to one count each of rape under color of authority and soliciting a bribe before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Maral Injejikian.
 
Sanchez was ordered to return to Department 31 in the Foltz Criminal Justice Center on April 4 when he will be sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison. He also must register as a sex offender, according to a news release issued by the District Attorney.
 
Deputy District Attorney Rosa Alarcon of the Justice System Integrity Division said Sanchez was on duty Sept. 22, 2010 when he pulled over a 24-year-old female driver who had an outstanding warrant.
 
Sanchez offered not to arrest the woman if she had sex with him. He then drove away with the victim into the desert where he raped her, the prosecutor said.
 
Two nights later, he pulled over a 36-year-old woman for investigation of DUI and solicited a bribe in the form of sexual activity.
 
The case was investigated by the Sheriff’s Department’s Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau.
 
Sanchez, 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, on July 29, 2013, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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 at the time of his arrest.

The six-month internal probe 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 2013 release.

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

He was relieved of duty with pay after the 2010 incident, and was relieved of duty without pay on the day of his arrest.

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