Ex-cop J. DeShawn Torrence charged with workplace sexual assault

J. DeShawn Torrence

A former California police officer is facing federal indictment in connection with the alleged sexual assaults of four women while on duty, the unsealed documents revealed Friday.

Former Sanger Police Department officer J. DeShawn Torrence, a 38-year-old man from Corcoran, has been charged with 10 counts of disenfranchisement under the guise of the law. The grand jury indictment, which dates back to July 28, specifies on the most serious counts that the offenses would have included aggravated sexual abuse or attempted aggravated sexual abuse.

“Four of the alleged counts each carry a maximum statutory sentence of life imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. One count carries a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years,” the Justice Department said. said in a press release on the case. “The other five counts each carry a maximum statutory penalty of one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.”

Women, identified in documents only as CWM, LS, SLand BHsaid the then-law enforcement officer committed the crimes over a period of August 2017 to June 2021.

Around August 1, 2017 to October 18, 2017, Torrence was charged with “penetrating[ing] MCG’s vulva with his penis without MCG’s consent and without a legitimate law enforcement purpose” and “cause[ing] his penis comes into contact with MCG’s mouth without MCG’s consent and without legitimate law enforcement. That same October or following November, Torrence allegedly touched LS’s chest and buttocks without his consent.

Documents allege that on or about March 5, 2018, the defendant then “ordered SL to remove his shirt” under the “pretext” of photographing his injuries. About three days later, Torrence allegedly touched SL’s genitals, chest and buttocks without his consent.

Finally, on or around June 23, 2021, Torrence allegedly “caused BH to touch his penis without his consent” and “put his mouth on BH’s chest without his consent.”

Court records show Torrence was arraigned via video link on Friday and pleaded not guilty. The accused remains in federal custody. A detention hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California at 2 p.m. Pacific Time. Mohammad Baydoun was listed as Torrence’s defense attorney.

The DOJ noted that Torrence is no longer an employee of the Sanger Police Department.

Read the indictment below:

[Image via Fox 26 screengrab]

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