California police officer arrested on suspicion of rape
|Former California police officer Noah Winchester, 31, is shown in this booking photo in San Mateo County, California, July 21, 2016.|
Winchester committed his alleged crimes as an officer in two cities. In Sacramento, where he worked for the Los Rios Community College District, and in San Mateo, where he worked for the city police department, Wagstaffe said.
The San Mateo Police Department said in a news release that Winchester joined the city as a police officer in early 2015. In October, he was accused of sexual assault and put on leave, before resigning in February of this year.
"We were first made aware of criminal allegations regarding the conduct of Winchester, at that time a San Mateo Police Officer, on the morning of October 20, 2015," the news release said, adding that the department had cooperated in the investigation and was "horrified" at the arrest.
"These allegations, if proven true, are a disgrace and wholly disavowed by this department and this city," the release said.
The incidents in Sacramento occurred in 2013, the release said.
Winchester will make his first court appearance on July 25, Wagstaffe said. He is being held in San Joaquin County Jail on $3.1 million bail, the prosecutor said.
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