California officer gets 7 years in sex assault while on duty

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Southern California police officer has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for sexually assaulting three women while on duty — forcing each of them to expose themselves and fondling two of them during traffic stops.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office says a judge sentenced Israel Sanchez to seven years and eight months in prison on Tuesday. Sanchez also must register as a lifetime sex offender.

In March, a jury deliberated for less than five hours before finding the 42-year-old Sanchez guilty of 14 felonies, including sexual battery, assault under color of authority and false imprisonment by violence.

Prosecutors say the crimes occurred in 2014 while Sanchez was an officer in the city of Monterey Park.

The victims were between 19 and 28.

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