A Palmdale sheriff’s deputy was arrested at his home in Valencia July 30th on 11 felony counts, including sexual penetration under the color of authority, rape under fear or duress, and soliciting bribes from alleged victims.Jose Rigaberto Sanchez was arrested at his home and is being held in lieu of $1.4 million bail. Sheriff’s officials said there was one alleged rape victim, and the rest of the charges stem from Sanchez trying to solicit bribes from individuals he was threatening to arrest.
Investigators with the Sheriff’s Department Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau (ICIB) launched a six-month investigation in 2010 after receiving a tip from an informant. The case was turned over to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in January of 2011.
Sanchez was a seven-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and was most recently assigned to patrol at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station, according to the LASD press statement.
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has released more details on the charges against the former Palmdale deputy. According to an LADA statement issued Tuesday (July 30):
“Sanchez was charged with soliciting a bribe from a female driver he pulled over in Palmdale while on duty on Sept. 22, 2010. Sanchez allegedly offered not to arrest her on an outstanding warrant in exchange for sex. Two nights later, he pulled over another female on suspicion of DUI and allegedly solicited a bribe in the form of sexual activity.
The case is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Rosa Alarcon with the Justice System Integrity Division. If convicted, [Sanchez] faces up to life in state prison.”
Los Angeles County Sheriffs are known for being very political. Not unlike LAPD or any city police department for that matter. The amount of tape they had to get through to finally get an arrest on this guy was crazy I am sure. No department wants to arrest one of their own so I am sure they have a very solid case against him. Especially after a 2 and a half year investigation which took 6 months to make it to the DA and another 2 years on the DA’s desk. Any civilian would have been in jail already. What makes this case all the more disgusting is that the 28-year-old had been relieved of duty with pay since 2010 and he wasn’t relieved of duty without pay until his formal arrest.