2 LAPD Officers Plead No Contest to Sexually Assaulting Multiple Women While on Duty

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Two Los Angeles police officers pleaded no contest Monday to sexually assaulting multiple women, a pattern of predation in which one partner often served as the lookout while the other carried out an attack in their unmarked police car.

Los Angeles police officers James C. Nichols (seated) and Luis Valenzuela entered their no-contest pleas to sexually assaulting multiple women in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. (Credit: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles police officers James C. Nichols (seated) and Luis Valenzuela entered their no-contest pleas to sexually assaulting multiple women in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. (Credit: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

In a downtown L.A. courtroom, officers Luis Valenzuela and James C. Nichols entered their no-contest pleas to two counts each of forcible rape and two counts each of forcible oral copulation. The officers appeared in court in orange, jail-issued jumpsuits and were shackled at the waist.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen sentenced the men to 25 years in state prison, and ordered that they register as sex offenders.

If tried and convicted, the men had faced a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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