Brawley, California PD pleads not-guilty to rape
Brawley, California PD pleads not-guilty to rape. From the DR
BRAWLEY — On Friday, July 3, 2020 at approximately 1:00PM, a criminal sexual assault investigation resulted in the arrest of 32-year old Ricardo Gabriel Valdez, a Brawley Police Officer.
On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, the Imperial County Sheriff's Office Investigations Unit was tasked to investigate an alleged rape that occurred within the City of Brawley. With cooperative efforts from the Imperial County District Attorney's Office, the San Diego Sheriff's Department, and the Brawley Police Department, sufficient probable cause was established to place Officer Ricardo Valdez under arrest for multiple felony charges.
Valdez was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Oren Fox Detention Facility on multiple felony charges including 261(a)(3) PC, 243.4(a) P, 459, and a misdemeanor charge of 149 PC.
Call 760-996-1388 or call the Imperial County Sheriff's Office at 442-265-2021 with any information regarding this investigation.
“The Brawley City Council takes these disturbing charges very seriously. Our law enforcement officers have taken an oath to protect and serve our community, and we will not tolerate any officers whose actions deviate from that sworn oath,” stated Mayor Norma Kastner-Jauregui.
The City and the Brawley Police Department will continue to cooperate fully with the appropriate parties as the legal process and associated personnel investigation continue. The Mayor notes “the City is fully committed to taking appropriate action.”
UPDATE JULY 15th, 2020
Valdez pleaded not-guilty