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Former City of Bell Police Officer to be Sentenced After Forcing Women to Perform Fellatio

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Feliciano Sanchez
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News about the city of Bell isn't just about the salary scandal and possible voter fraud these days, there's also the case of 35-year-old Feliciano Sanchez, a former police officer for the small working class Los Angeles suburb. Sanchez plead guilty to "depriving a woman of her civil rights" and will be sentenced next month following an incident back in 2007, according to the Whittier Daily News. Sanchez had pulled a woman over for alleged drunk driving and said the car would need to be towed (perhaps playing into that towing conspiracy in the city?). Instead of arresting and booking her, he offered her a ride back to the bar where she worked. But he took her somewhere else, put his hand on his gun and forced her to perform oral sex on him, according to prosecutors.

A 2009 trial ended in a hung jury and he later accepted a plea deal, admitting guilt to "deprivation of civil rights under color of law." He found out later that he would have to register as a sex offender, which could limit visitation of his 5-year-old daughter. When he requested to reverse his plea, the courts rejected it.