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LA County Sheriff's Deputy Arrested On Suspicion Of Rape, Soliciting Bribes

PALMDALE ( — A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was arrested Monday on suspicion of rape and soliciting bribes, among other crimes, according to authorities.

Jose Rigaberto Sanchez, 28, a seven-year veteran of the force, was taken into custody at his home around 5:30 p.m. on 11 felony counts, including sexual penetration under the color of authority, rape under fear or duress, and soliciting a bribe from alleged victims. He's being held on $1.4 million bail.

A six-month probe into a 2010 incident began after investigators received a tip from an informant. The case was turned over to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office in January 2011.

Sanchez, most recently assigned to patrol with the Palmdale Sheriff's Station, was relieved of duty with pay after the alleged incident in 2010, and was relieved of duty without pay after his arrest Monday.

The crimes reportedly occurred while Sanchez was on duty.

The suspect is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

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