Sacto 9-1-1
February 27, 2013
Arraignment for ex-W. Sac police officer facing sexual assaults pushed to next week

By Darrell Smith
dvsmith@sacbee.com

alvarez.jpgThe former West Sacramento police officer facing 35 counts of sexually assaulting women while on patrol will face a March 7 arraignment in Yolo Superior Court.

Sergio Alvarez, 37, made a brief appearance Wednesday afternoon at the courthouse in Woodland. He is being held in lieu of $29.3 million bail in Solano County custody on allegations including rape, sodomy and kidnapping of six women while on duty between October 2011 and September 2012.

Alvarez has been a member of the West Sacramento Police Department since 2007.

A grand jury that convened last weekend returned an indictment on Sunday. Police arrested Alvarez on Monday and he was fired from the department the same day.

Alvarez's attorney, Erin Dervin, asked to delay Wednesday's slated arraignment until March 7. Alvarez is expected to enter a plea at the March hearing before Yolo Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg. Attorneys will also call for a reduction of Alvarez's bail.

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