A police officer has been accused of sexually assaulting six women while on duty. The 37-year-old California officer was fired amid the accusations of kidnapping and sexual assault that allegedly occurred while he was working the night shift.
Sergio Alvarez was employed as a police officer with the West Sacramento Police Department for six years. He was placed on administrative leave late last year when a woman complained that she had been sexually assaulted.
As reported by CNN, an investigation revealed five more alleged victims between 20 and 47-years-old. Alvarez is accused to stopping women as they walked along the road. Alvarez reportedly restrained and sexually assaulted at least six women. The former officer, who was working alone, allegedly assaulted some of the women inside his patrol vehicle.
The investigation is ongoing as authorities attempt to determine of there were more victims that have not come forward.
West Sacramento Police Chief Dan Drummond states that he is “sickened and appalled” that one of his officers sexually assaulted six women. Drummond expressed that it was especially bad as Alvarez abused his position of authority to violate the women.
As reported by WPTV, the police department is taking the time to review policy in an effort to prevent a similar situation in the future. Chief Drummond explains the initiative, which may include assigning partners:
“We are looking at our procedures and the way we are accountable to each other. We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to make sure this does not happen again.”
Alvarez was arrested on charges that, as a police officer, he sexually assaulted six women. The West Sacramento Police Department continues the investigation and are reaching out to other possible victims.