Former Fresno-area cop charged with on-duty sexual assaults

A former Fresno County police officer is being charged after authorities say he sexually assaulted four women while on active duty as a law enforcement officer.

A federal grand jury issued a 10-count indictment against J. DeShawn Torrence of Corcoran for alleged deprivation of constitutional rights under the color of the law, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

Torrence, 38, “engaged in various forms of non-consensual sexual behavior, from directing a victim to remove their clothing without a legitimate purpose of law enforcement to forcing his victims to engage in sexual activity while he was serving as a police officer.” , federal officials said.

The incidents happened multiple times from August 2017 to June 2021 while he was serving as an officer with the Sanger Police Department, officials said.

Torrence is no longer with the department.

According to authorities, four of the defendants face the maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Torrance faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison in another case and a year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000 in the remaining five cases, officials said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the FBI at (916) 746-7000.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-05/former-fresno-area-police-officer-charged-sexual-assault-on-duty Former Fresno-area cop charged with on-duty sexual assaults

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