Tulare County DA Charges Woodlake Officer With Sexual Assault
An officer with the Woodlake Police Department is facing 12 counts of various sex crime charges after at least two women accused him of sexually assaulting them while in uniform.
26-year-old Oscar Robles has been charged with two counts of sexual assault by a public officer, two counts of sexual penetration by foreign object by means of threatening to use authority of public office, kidnap for oral sex, assault with intent to commit oral sex during the commission of a first-degree burglary, sexual battery by restraint, false imprisonment, attempted oral copulation under the color of authority, dissuading a witness, oral copulation under color of authority, and rape by threat of arrest.
9 of the 12 counts took place in one incident on January 9 against one woman. The remaining three counts are in connection with an alleged assault that occurred between April and August.
Tulare County deputies were first made aware of the assaults on September 11 of this year when an on-duty officer offered a ride to two pedestrians. During the ride, the woman told the officer about an alleged sexual assault by Robles. The department began investigating this claim and soon discovered a second victim who did not know the first victim and made very similar allegations against Robles. Both women have accused Robles of raping them and forcing them to perform oral sex.
Detectives believe that there may be more victims. Robles has been employed by the department since May 2014.
If convicted on all counts, Robles could face life in prison.
Legal Recourse For Victims of Police Officer Sexual Assault
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com has offered to add some commentary on the legal options available to victims of sexual assault by police officers:
Most police officers are honorable people who work hard in unimaginably stressful conditions to keep our streets safe. However, as in most positions of authority, a small number of police officers abuse their power and assault citizens, both physically and sexually. When a police officer commits sexual assault, it’s important for the victim to be aware that they do have legal rights. In cases of police officer sexual assault and other types of police brutality, victims may have legal recourse by filing a lawsuit against the department.
If you’ve become the victim of sexual assault by a police officer, you may be scared to take legal action. However, an experienced sexual assault victim lawyer can help you take on the police, finding justice and the financial compensation you deserve for the harm you’ve suffered. To find out more about your legal options, contact our sexual assault victims lawyers today for a free consultation.