Updates to our Terms of Use

We are updating our Terms of Use. Please carefully review the updated Terms before proceeding to our website.

Saturday, June 22, 2024 | Back issues
Courthouse News Service Courthouse News Service

Woman Calls Policeman a Serial Rapist

SACRAMENTO (CN) - A West Sacramento cop forced a woman to give him oral sex in his patrol car under threat of arrest - and she's not the only one, the woman claims in court.

Jane Doe sued Officer Sergio Alvarez, the City of West Sacramento and Police Chief Dan Drummond, in Federal Court.

Doe claims Alvarez forced her "to commit an act of oral copulation against her will" after arresting her without cause on Sept. 23, 2012.

According to the lawsuit, Alvarez has been charged with committing seven sexual assaults "under color of authority," including the assault upon her.

She claims the city and Chief Drummond failed to investigate citizens' complaints about Alvarez for more than a year, and failed "to institute policies and procedures to prevent the serial rape" of women in West Sacramento.

Doe claims Alvarez arrested her without cause as she walked on a public sidewalk, then "placed her under an illegal arrest, and forced her into the back of his marked police vehicle."

He drove her "to an isolated parking lot, in the City of West Sacramento, where he forced plaintiff Jane Doe to commit an act of oral copulation against her will," according to the lawsuit. "Defendant Alvarez used his authority as a police officer to falsely arrest and imprison plaintiff Jane Doe in the back of his marked police vehicle, and threatened to use his authority to further arrest and/or incarcerate plaintiff Jane Doe, in order to force her to commit the aforementioned sexual acts. ... At the conclusion of the sexual acts, defendant Alvarez released plaintiff Jane Doe from his custody and threatened to find and further punish plaintiff Jane Doe if she told anyone about the incident."

She seeks punitive damages for civil rights violations, sexual assault and battery, false arrest, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent supervision.

She is represented by James C. Ashworth, of Davis.

The West Sacramento Police Department did not immediately return a request for comment.

Categories / Uncategorized

Subscribe to Closing Arguments

Sign up for new weekly newsletter Closing Arguments to get the latest about ongoing trials, major litigation and hot cases and rulings in courthouses around the U.S. and the world.