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Former Fresno-area police officer charged with on-duty sexual assault


A former Fresno County police officer is facing federal charges after authorities say he sexually assaulted four women while on active duty as a law enforcement officer.

A federal grand jury has returned a 10-count indictment against J. DeShawn Torrence of Corcoran alleging deprivation of constitutional rights under the guise of law, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

Torrence, 38, “engaged in various forms of non-consensual sexual conduct, ranging from ordering a victim to remove her clothing without a legitimate law enforcement purpose to coercing her victims into engaging in acts sex while serving as a police officer,” federal officials said.

The incidents happened multiple times from August 2017 to June 2021 while he was an officer with the Sanger Police Department, officials said.

Torrence is no longer employed by the department.

Authorities say four of the counts carry a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Torrance faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for another count, and one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000 for the other five counts, officials said.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to contact the FBI at (916) 746-7000.


Los Angeles Times

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