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Sentencing delayed for former officer in Turlock teen sex case

A former Turlock police officer is scheduled to be sentenced Friday morning for sex crimes involving a teenage Police Explorer.

Jorge Cruz, who appeared in Stanislaus County Superior Court on Monday, could face a maximum of four years and four months in state prison for the three felony counts: sodomy with a minor, oral copulation with a minor and sexual intercourse with a minor.

Judge Scott Steffen pushed back the sentencing, saying he needed more time to review the case.

Steffen said another judge may take over the sentencing, and that would result in another delay.

Deputy District Attorney Annette Rees said she will ask the judge to sentence Cruz to time in state prison.

Cruz called to meet with the Pitman High School student in June 2007, and the girl drove him to a Modesto motel where the sex acts took place, according to court documents.

The 17-year-old girl had shadowed Cruz to learn about a career in law enforcement.

Cruz resigned while Turlock police were conducting an internal affairs investigation.

The allegations against Cruz didn't come to light until investigators began questioning Carl Kubicek, a former Pitman High math teacher who pleaded no contest to two felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with the 17-year-old girl.

Kubicek told police in February that the girl had confided to him about Cruz.

Cruz and Kubicek were arrested Feb. 8.

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