WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - A West Sacramento police officer is facing allegations he sexually assaulted six women while on duty as a patrol officer.
Sergio Alvarez, 37, is accused of targeting women who frequented the West Capitol Avenue area, said police department spokesman Lt. Tod Sockman. The victims were ages 20 to 47.
Sockman said the department was alerted to the possible attacks on Sept. 24, 2012 and launched a criminal investigation with the aid of the Sacramento Police Department. Alvarez was placed on administrative leave.
Investigators' findings were forwarded to the Yolo County District Attorney's Office which obtained a grand jury indictment against Alvarez alleging sexual assault and kidnapping.
West Sacramento Chief of Police Dan Drummond described the allegations as appalling and shocking. He said the accusations were not indicative of the deportment of his department.
Alvarez was in custody at Yolo County Jail and has been served with termination papers, Sockman said. Bail was set at $26.3 million.
Alvarez joined the West Sacramento Police Department in 2007.
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