On May 16, 2016, Long Beach Police arrested 40-year-old Israel Sanchez, of Whittier, in connection with a sexual assault investigation.
At the request of the Monterey Police Department, in September 2014, the Long Beach Police Department launched an investigation into allegations a Monterey Park police officer pressured an adult female to expose herself during a traffic stop in Monterey Park. The Long Beach investigation focused on Mr. Sanchez’s actions, which may have occurred while working in the capacity of a police officer, from May 2014 through August 2014.
It is not uncommon for a law enforcement agency to ask an outside agency to conduct an independent investigation of an incident in which an employee may be involved.
After a year-long investigation, the case was presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney Justice System Integrity Division in August 2015.
On May 16, 2016, the District Attorney’s Office filed ten felony sexual assault related charges including false imprisonment, soliciting a bribe, assault by public officer, and sexual battery by restraint. An arrest warrant was issued.
Shortly after the warrant was issued, Long Beach Police Department Career Criminal Apprehension Team detectives located Mr. Sanchez near his residence in Whittier and arrested him without incident. He is currently being held in the Los Angeles County Inmate Reception Center with a bail of $345,000.00.
The investigation remains ongoing. Detectives believe additional victims may exist in the area of Monterey Park and encourage anyone with information regarding this case to call the Long Beach Police Department Sex Crimes Detail at (562) 570-7368.