Officers From Two Different Agencies Arrested for Sexual Assault
Two officers from different states have been arrested for sexual assault. As we have noted before, officers have a higher than average incident of various kinds of assaults, mostly against women. I wonder if by CDC guidelines, it would qualify as an epidemic?
Denver Officer Arrested
The Denver Police Department arrested Officer Johnny Leon-Alvarez on January 17th for sexual assault. Officer Leon-Alvarez met the woman when he responded to a call she had made while having an argument with her partner. Leon-Alvarez began texting her and they eventually went on a date on January 16. Early in the morning on the 17th, Leon-Alvarez took the woman home but when she went to say goodbye he entered the house and sexually assaulted her. The door camera caught audio of the woman telling him goodnight and then saying “no” and “please stop.”
Officer Johnny Leon-Alvarez was with Denver’s Department of Public Safety. He was fired on January 23. As a probationary employee, the agency was able to immediately proceed to firing. The DenverPost.com article doesn’t list the specific charge that Leon-Alvarez was arrested on.
Upland California Officer Arrested
Officer Joshua Duarte, with the Upland Police Department, was arrested on January 11 by the Pomona Police Department. Officer Duarte had broken up with his girlfriend. He asked to meet with her and she agreed, meeting with him in his car. Officer Duarte sexually assaulted the woman while they were in the car. According to the KTLA.com article Officer Duarte, “faces felony counts of sexual battery by restraint, dissuading a witness from prosecuting a crime and assault with intent to commit a sex crime.” His bail was set at $200,000.
Officer Duarte had not even been with the Upland Police Department for a full five months and was fired the day of his arrest. Duarte has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-(SAFE) 7233
The Battered Women and Children’s Shelter Crisis Hotline 210-930-3669