Sheriff’s Deputy Sentenced to 9 Years for Raping Woman While on Patrol

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She was driven to a dark road in the desert in the back of patrol car. The sheriff’s deputy parked in a secluded spot in Palmdale and told her to walk to the front of the car.


Former L.A. County sheriff’s deputy Jose Rigoberto Sanchez was sentenced to nine years in prison after being convicted of rape. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

It was there, the woman said Friday in court, that the L.A. County deputy raped her and changed her life forever.

“You essentially murdered a part of me and I’ll never be able to get it back,” the victim tearfully said as she stared at her attacker, Jose Rigoberto Sanchez. “A police officer is supposed to serve and protect. I had nowhere to run because the one who I should have been able to run to for help was the one harming me.”

Following the woman’s statement, Sanchez, who pleaded no contest to one count of rape while under the color of authority and one count of soliciting a bribe, was sentenced to nine years in state prison. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Terry A. Bork also ordered Sanchez to register with the state as a sex offender.

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