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Fifth Victim Testifies in Alvarez Case

AlvarezBy Nancy Law

On February 5, 2014, the fifth victim in the case against a former West Sacramento Police Officer testified on the witness stand about what happened to her in the early morning of September 16, 2012.

The fifth victim was walking on the sidewalk when she saw police cars driving past her.  The officer in the fourth car made a u-turn and stopped next to her.  After telling the victim to get into the backseat of the car the officer drove them to a secluded area.

After having a small talk with the victim, the victim told the officer that she would give him her phone number.  The officer asked the victim what she would like to talk to him on the phone about that she couldn’t just say there.  The victim told the officer that she was shy and that she wasn’t the type that expressed herself easily in hopes of being let go by the officer.

The officer had her get out of the backseat and set the victim on top of the trunk of the car.   The officer asked the victim what kind of information the victim could give to him in order for him to let her go.  The victim told the officer that she had no information to tell him.  The officer then asked her again what she could offer him.  It was then that the victim was led to believe that the officer wanted some sexual contact with her because she recalled his asking her if she ever prostituted.  The victim stated that she repeatedly told the officer beforehand that he should just take her to jail but that went ignored.

As the victim slid down off of the trunk, her hand accidentally pressed the response button on the officer’s walkie talkie.  Someone responded on the other side asking the officer if he was ok.  The officer told the victim to “shh” and responded that he was fine.

The officer only handcuffed the victim because the victim made a sarcastic remark about how he should do his job right.  However, the officer uncuffed her when it came to his attention that she was having a hard time giving him oral sex.  The victim then gave the officer oral sex because she was afraid of what would happen to her if she did not comply.  After the sexual encounter the officer dropped her off at the back of a gas station and told her that there were two ways to get back to her hotel.  The first way would require the use of W. Capitol and that it included the possibility of her getting arrested by other officers.  The victim chose the back way through dark streets and alleys because she was afraid of experiencing what just happened to her with another officer.

After the victim got to her friend’s Brian’s hotel room, she told Brian a little bit about what happened to her.  She called her drug dealer and told him too and got some heroine to use. The victim used more heroine than she usually does because she claimed that she wanted to feel numb after what happened to her.

The victim usually records video logs just for her own reference to look back on things.  After shooting up some heroine she recorded a brief video about what happened to her.  She stated that what happened to her was unwanted.

Her sexual encounter with the officer came to the attention of a Sacramento Police Officer 11 days later when she shouted at the Sacramento Police Officer for making her move.  At the time, the victim and her boyfriend were living on the streets because they had no money.  She shouted at the officer about how they could yell at her and have her perform oral sex on them, but why couldn’t they just let her sleep?

The officer was taken aback at her outburst and then began to question the victim about what had happened to her.  The victim did not clarify that it was a West Sacramento Police Officer with whom she had the sexual encounter because she did not realize that there was a difference.  The West Sacramento Police Officer wrote a report and on that same day the victim was questioned by other officers about what happened to her.

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About David Greenwald

David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

5 comments

  1. Again duplicating question from the December civil case Vanguard coverage:

    “Antoinnette, this story had slipped my mind by the time Officer Alvarez’s trial started. Is Rebecca Wilson one of the five victims providing testimony in the current trial?”

  2. Nancy, have you been following case closely enough to know whether the civil case complainant has testified in the criminal case?

  3. I have Ipad…and the only thing said in regards to the civil case is that some of the victims have one going. I know Wilson is not testifying to my knowledge? In the criminal case.

  4. It’s interesting and perplexing that the experience Rebecca Wilson described in her civil suit isn’t being used as evidence against the accused officer. Wonder if she refused to cooperate with investigators and the DA or if the DA decided she wouldn’t be a good witness or something else.

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