LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a $6.15 million settlement to a woman who was raped by an on-duty sheriff’s deputy following a local traffic stop in 2010.
The board approved the settlement, among the largest it has paid, without comment.
The Sheriff’s Department will cover $2 million of the total and the balance is expected to be paid by an insurance carrier.
The perpetrator, Jose Rigoberto Sanchez, was sentenced in 2014 to nine years in prison after pleading no contest to the rape and a separate case of soliciting a bribe of sexual activity from another woman.
Sanchez was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life. [View an image of Jose Rigoberto Sanchez here.]
About 1:20 a.m. on Sept. 22, 2010, Sanchez, who was working out of the sheriff’s Palmdale station, pulled over a 24-year-old female driver to investigate a misdemeanor traffic warrant.
When she turned down his offer to have sex with him in exchange for not arresting her, he drove her into the desert and raped her, according to trial testimony.
His victim spoke out at sentencing, telling Sanchez, “You deserve far more prison time than nine years.”
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