Ex-cop pleads not guilty to sex assaults

March 8, 2013 

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Sergio Alvarez, a former West Sacramento police officer, is led from the Yolo County courthouse after his arraignment Thursday. He is accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting six women while on patrol duty.

RANDY PENCH — rpench@sacbee.com

Former West Sacramento police officer Sergio Alvarez on Thursday pleaded not guilty in Yolo Superior Court to 35 counts of sexually assaulting women while on patrol.

Alvarez, 37, has been held in lieu of $29.3 million bail since his Feb. 25 arrest on allegations including rape, sodomy and kidnapping of six women while on duty between October 2011 and September 2012. Alvarez, who had been in Solano County custody, appeared in Yolo County jail clothing for his brief Woodland hearing before Yolo Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg.

Alvarez's arrest came after a five-month investigation into the allegations and a grand jury indictment. Two phone-book-size stacks of transcripts from the panel were presented at the hearing. Rosenberg left a court order sealing the papers in effect.

A trial readiness hearing has been scheduled for March 22 in Yolo Superior Court.

– Darrell Smith

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