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Deputy Jose Sanchez Arrested on 11 Felony Counts Including Rape, Bribery and Sexual Penetration

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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By Brian Hews

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy has been arrested on Monday night sending a literal shock wave around law enforcement agencies across Southern California.

On Monday, investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau (ICIB) arrested Deputy Jose Rigaberto Sanchez, 28, on 11 felony counts including; sexual penetration under the color of authority, rape under fear or duress, and soliciting a bribe from alleged victims. 
The six-month ICIB investigation into the 2010 incident began after investigators received a tip from an informant. The case was turned over to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in January of 2011.   The arrest of Sanchez was announced to members of the media via a statement on Monday night.

Sanchez was taken into custody at his Los Angeles County home today 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 today.

It is alleged that the incidents occurred while Sanchez was on duty.  The seven-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was most recently assigned to patrol at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.

The next court date for Sanchez is scheduled for Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

–Source Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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