Monterey Park Officer Accused of Sexual Assault

May 17, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

A Monterey Park police officer is scheduled to be arraigned today on charges of sexually assaulting or detaining three women while on duty, forcing each of them to expose themselves and touching two of them.

Israel Sanchez, 40, was arrested Monday and is facing three counts of false imprisonment, one count of bribery, two counts of assault under color of authority and four counts of sexual battery by restraint, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

He faces more than eight years in prison if convicted, according to prosecutors. Sanchez is scheduled to be arraigned in downtown Los Angeles this afternoon.

According to prosecutors, Sanchez detained three women between July 28, 2014, and Aug. 15, 2014, and forced each of them to expose themselves. In two instances, he allegedly touched the women after they exposed themselves.

Upon receiving a complaint in 2014, Israel Sanchez was placed on administrative leave, according to the Monterey Park Police Department.

The case was then investigated by Long Beach police at the request of the Monterey Park Police Department. The investigation was then turned over to the D.A., which filed ten felony counts against the department’s three-year veteran.

“The Monterey Park Police Department and the City of Monterey Park are taking this situation extremely seriously,” said Police Chief Jim Smith. “As public servants we hold ourselves to the highest ethics and standards and have a zero tolerance policy for conduct that is not in-line with those standards.”

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