Deo Ferrer / Woodland Daily Democrat

Sergio Alvarez, a former West Sacramento police officer facing 35 counts of sexually assaulting women while on patrol, appears at a hearing Wednesday in Yolo Superior Court in Woodland.

Arraignment delayed in cop sex-assault case

Published: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 - 10:06 am

The former West Sacramento police officer facing 35 counts of sexually assaulting women while on patrol will face a March 7 arraignment in Yolo Superior Court.

Sergio Alvarez, 37, made a brief appearance Wednesday afternoon in Yolo Superior Court in Woodland. Alvarez is being held in lieu of $29.3 million bail in Solano County custody on allegations that include rape, sodomy and kidnapping involving six women while on duty between October 2011 and September 2012.
Alvarez had been a member of the West Sacramento Police Department since 2007.
A grand jury that convened last weekend came back with the indictment on Sunday.
Police arrested Alvarez on Monday and he was fired by the department the same day. Alvarez’s attorney, Erin Dervin, asked to delay Wednesday’s slated arraignment until March 7.

Alvarez is expected to enter a plea at the March hearing before Yolo Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg. Defense Attorneys will also ask for a reduction of Alvarez’s bail.

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