City of West Sacramento Pays Millions to Sexual Assault Victims

Attorney and Robert Buccola

In recovering for victims of police officer sexual misconduct, it is critical to establish that the officer's unlawful actions were perpetrated under "color of authority" as conferred to them by the police department. Proof of an officer's mere on the job activities alone that are outside of an officer's directives may be legally insufficient to impose liability upon the department for an officer's predatory behavior.

In this case, the unthinkable acts by Officer Alvarez in sexually assaulting these women were, without question, perpetrated by way of his powers of badge and gun conferred upon him as a police officer. So here, even though there was no active wrongdoing by the City of West Sacramento Police Department, the law imposed upon the police department the obligation of compensating these innocent victims.

"Our clients are grateful to have some final closure now. They will use this compensation for the purposes of picking up the pieces of their lives and moving forward with the healing process." (Attorney Robert Buccola).

"Thankfully, in addition to the civil system, the criminal system worked as it should with Alvarez. He will be behind bars now for multiple lifetimes. Knowing this has given his victims an additional measure of comfort as well. They will quite obviously never fully recover from having to experience this horror." (Attorney).

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