Yolo Superior Court Judge Timothy Hall sentenced former West Sacramento Police officer Sergio Alvarez to 205 years to life in prison after he was convicted of numerous kidnap and rape charges while on duty. Some of the women were prostitutes or drug dependent and he forced them to perform sex acts or face arrest or retribution.
Alvarez showed no emotion as the sentences for the numerous charges were read. His family scurried past news cameras after the sentencing.
Victim’s rights advocate Jamie Imus, who represented half a dozen victims was pleased with the verdict.
“He’ll probably never get out…we believe that’s where he belongs,” said Imus.
Before the sentencing, a letter sent to the court by Alvarez’s estranged wife was read. In it Rachel Alvarez said she was the subject of physical, verbal and mental abuse by her husband of 18 years. She attacked the West Sacramento police department for protecting one of their own when domestic problems cropped up.
She spoke with Fox40 News from Florida where she now lives, describing one particularly bad incident.
“He threw me on the couch, choked me with one arm and beat me on my face with my other arm…he enjoyed it,” said Rachel Alvarez.
She left Sergio with their three children two months after he was arrested in February of 2013.. She said she had a notion that things weren’t right.
“Circumstances in December led me to believe that he was a sexual predator. He told me he was a sex addict,” said Alvarez.
She resented the fact that family and acquaintances blamed her for the break-up, but believes that may have changed their minds after the arrest.
She is now trying to raise three kids on her own with a part-time job.
“I resent Sergio very much for making the choices that he did nad hurt other women and putting his problems before his children…I’m relieved I won’t have to co-parent with a monster,” said Rachel Alvarez.
Both victims advocates and the Yolo County District Attorney’s office praised the victims for coming forward to make charges against a police officer. They will no longer have to fear retribution.
“I can yell you he certainly won’t be a threat in the future because he’s going to be in prison for the rest of his life,” said Raven.