California of­fi­cer con­victed of sex as­sault while on duty

Imperial Valley Press - - NEWS -

A for­mer South­ern California po­lice of­fi­cer has been con­victed of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing three women while on duty — forc­ing each of them to ex­pose them­selves and fondling two of them dur­ing traf­fic stops.

The Los An­ge­les County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice says a jury de­lib­er­ated for less than five hours Mon­day be­fore find­ing Is­rael Sanchez guilty. He was con­victed of 14 felonies in­clud­ing sex­ual bat­tery, as­sault un­der color of au­thor­ity and bribery.

Pros­e­cu­tors said the crimes oc­curred in 2014 while Sanchez was a po­lice of­fi­cer in the city of Mon­terey Park.

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