WOODLAND, Calif. - The former West Sacramento police officer accused of raping women while he was on duty testifies at his trial Tuesday.
Sergio Alvarez, 38, faces charges of rape, sodomy and kidnapping five women, ages 20 to 47. He was arrested in February 2013 and accused of targeting women who frequented the West Capitol Avenue area.
Under oath, Alvarez denied having sex with some of the alleged victims. In other cases, he admitted to having sex with women while on the job, but claimed it was always consensual.
In graphic testimony, Alvarez explained he sometimes preferred oral sex to intercourse in his squad car because the police gear he was wearing made it more convenient. Asked why he would do this on the job, Alvarez would only admit to bad judgement. He also said the reason he used a spy camera to record some of the acts was because he was curious.
The prosecutor questioned Alvarez's claims that the sex was consensual. When he asked him why not wait until he was off duty, Alvarez answered, "I don't know." The prosecutor responded to Alvarez - suggesting while Alvarez was on duty and in uniform, he had the most power over the women in the backseat of his squad car. Alvarez denied the charge.
Attorneys for both sides declined to comment about the case.
The courthouse will be closed Wednesday to observe Lincoln's birthday. The trial is set to resume Thursday.