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Former Maywood Cop Sentenced for Sexually Assaulting Women

A former Maywood police officer was sentenced Tuesday to 19 years in state prison for sexually assaulting five women while on duty.

Ryan Allen West – who was sentenced by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge George Lomeli – pleaded no contest May 15 to two counts of forcible rape and four counts of sexual penetration with a foreign object.

Authorities launched an investigation in 2007, after one of the women went to a hospital and reported that she had been raped by an officer, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

West was the Maywood Police Department’s canine handler officer until March 2008. He was arrested in May of that year at his Riverside County home and charged with sexual crimes committed between September 2006 and May 2007.

He was initially charged with attacks on three women while on duty, and then charged later with crimes involving two other women.