LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A deputy who worked patrol in the Palmdale Sheriff's Station was behind bars today, accused of 11 felony counts including sexual penetration under the color of authority, rape under fear or duress, and soliciting a bribe from alleged victims, sheriff's officials said.
Jose Rigoberto Sanchez, 28, a seven-year veteran of the force, was taken into custody at his home about 5:30 p.m., according to a sheriff's department statement.
Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said that Sanchez worked in Palmdale but lived elsewhere. Sanchez's hometown was not released for safety reasons, Whitmore said.
A six-month investigation into a 2010 incident began with a tip from an informant and the case was turned over to the District Attorney's Office in January of 2011, authorities said.
Sanchez was relieved of duty with pay after the 2010 event and without pay starting Monday, when he was arrested, officials said.
It is alleged that the incidents under investigation happened while Sanchez was on duty, according to the sheriff's department.
He was being held at the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles in lieu of $1.45 million bail and his next court date, at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, was scheduled for Wednesday, according to sheriff's online booking records.
Posted by Donald Morrison