by Antoinnette Borbon
Testimony was heard by the fourth and youngest of the five alleged victims in the case against a former West Sacramento Police Officer, who faces 28 separate counts including sexual assault and rape.
But her testimony would prove to be a bit aloof from her demeanor, and she presented a very different story from the other alleged victims.
The young girl would testify about the first time she had encountered Officer Sergio Alvarez. She testified she had been walking near the West Capitol area late one night in September, 2012. She said that she was stopped, questioned and later put into the back of Officer Alvarez’s patrol car while he ran her name for warrants.
The fourth alleged victim had said in earlier testimony that Officer Alvarez asked her what she would do for him if he let her go free after finding a meth pipe on her. She said she told him she was not a rat. She testified,”I did not know what he wanted, I got scared and was crying.” She said it was then that she told him, “I can f—- you?”
Shortly after that she told the court that Officer Alvarez told her to duck down and he drove to a remote area, near the industrial part of West Sacramento. She said when they got there he got out of the car and opened up her backdoor and unzipped his pants.
She testified that she gave him oral sex and then she engaged in intercourse. However, she told the court that Officer Alvarez was not forceful. She said that when it was over she gave him her number.
The alleged victim explained it was after that night they began seeing each other to have sex. There were about a dozen encounters that she could recall. She said she never felt like a victim and felt it a privilege to be dating a cop.
She said she knew he was married and that he had also told her that he had a vasectomy so she didn’t have to worry about getting pregnant. It was later that she had learned from a friend that Officer Alvarez had forced her friend to have oral sex so she would not go to jail.
But the young girl (fifth alleged victim) told the jurors she did not believe it was the same officer she had been seeing.
There were many occasions during her testimony that she would say she did not recall and hang her head while muttering words no one could make out, and at times she seemed disconnected emotionally from her testimony. She even seemed aloof at times. She would also repeat several times, “I’m not a victim, I liked having sex with him, it made me feel important because he was a cop and I still feel that way…”
She frequently giggled after talking about the sex they had on the hood if his patrol car. She admitted what she was doing was wrong but she said she kept doing it to protect him and because she liked it.
She testified that she feels bad for Officer Alvarez and what he is going through. She testified that they were both adults and made the choice to continue seeing each other. Officer Alvarez had brought her meth and a pipe on one occasion during Valentine ’s Day.
Later in the day the court heard a DNA specialist testify about examining the swabs taken from the patrol car and from one of the locations where alleged victims said that Alvarez had taken them also.
DOJ specialist Langford explained she had tested swabs and found seminal fluid in two of the swabs tested that matched Alvarez, both from the car and the location at Merkeley Avenue. She had also found DNA from one victim but excluded all others. Some DNA was not able to be identified due to its small content.
A grand jury indicted and charged Sergio Alvarez with 28 separate counts of Oral Copulation, Rape, and Sexual Penetration against the will, with enhancements in Residential Burglary, Kidnapping, and Duress as a peace officer. Most of the events took place in or around the area of West Capitol Boulevard in West Sacramento. The alleged assaults occurred between October 2011 and September of 2012.
The trial continues Thursday in Judge Fall’s courtroom.