Ex-Police Officer Sentenced to Life In Prison for Kidnapping/Assaulting Women
Former West Sacramento Police Officer Sergio Alvarez was sentenced to life in prison on April 4. A Yolo County jury had previously found Alvarez at the end of his trial in February to be guilty of 18 out of 27 counts of “aggravated kidnapping and sexual assault.”
After deliberating for nine days, the jury specifically found Alvarez to be guilty of five counts of aggravated kidnapping, five counts of rape, sexual penetration, and oral copulation by use of authority, and eight counts of rape, sexual penetration and oral copulation by means of duress. Alvarez had been accused of accosting the women “under color of authority” and driving them in his West Sacramento Police car to remote locations where he assaulted them.
Yolo Superior Court Judge Timothy Fall declared a mistrial on the remaining counts. As a result, the District Attorney’s Office dismissed the nine other counts against Alvarez.
When Alvarez was escorted into the courtroom to receive his sentence, he was shackled and wore a striped prisoner’s uniform instead of the dark business suit he had been allowed to wear during the four week trial, according to The Woodland Daily Democrat. Laura Valdes with Victim Services then read aloud a letter from Alvarez’s wife, Rachel who had moved to Florida when he was arrested.
“He lost his moral compass, his direction in life,” she wrote. “He would become easily enraged without being provoked.” Then Judge Fall read the list of guilty charges, adding up to a sentence of 205 years to life in prison.
Daily Democrat: Life in prison for former West Sac officer who assaulted women