Crime, Fire + Courts

Fall trial date set for accused West Sacramento officer

By From page A2 | April 10, 2013

Sergio Alvarez. Courtesy photo

Sergio Alvarez. Courtesy photo

WOODLAND — The case of a West Sacramento police officer charged with sexual assault, kidnapping and other crimes will go to trial in September.

Yolo Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg scheduled Sergio Alvarez’s anticipated monthlong trial to begin on Sept. 23. Alvarez, 37, has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he kidnapped and raped six women on West Sacramento’s West Capitol Avenue over a yearlong period while he was on duty.

The Yolo County Grand Jury issued a 35-count indictment in the case in February, bypassing the need for a preliminary hearing in which a judge rules whether there is sufficient evidence for the case to go to trial.

Alvarez is due back in court May 23 for a status conference and review of the proposed questionnaire attorneys plan to present to potential jurors. He remains in jail custody in lieu of $26.3 million bail.

Lauren Keene

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