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Monday, April 18, 2011

Prosecutors File 17 More Charges Against Cop

Prosecutors file 17 more charges against Calif cop
The Associated Press - April 15, 2011

SALINAS, Calif. - Prosecutors have filed 17 more charges against a California police officer accused of sexually assaulting women while on duty. The complaint against Seaside officer Salvador Reynaga, 31, was amended Thursday by Monterey County prosecutors to include a total of five accusers, including a minor. Reynaga previously pleaded not guilty to 16 counts related to two accusers in the initial complaint. He was scheduled to be arraigned on the 17 new charges on April 26. Deputy District Attorney Michael Breeden also plans to ask the judge to increase bail from $100,000 to $200,000 in light of the new charges. Reynaga is currently free after posting bail shortly after his March arrest. A call to his attorney, Christopher Miller, was not immediately returned Friday. Authorities say the sexual assaults took place between November and February and involved females encountered by Reynaga while working. In one instance, Reynaga is accused of sexually assaulting a woman then molesting one of her children, according to the amended complaint. The amended complaint includes felony counts of committing assault while acting in an official position and sexual battery, and a misdemeanor count of child molestation. He also faces one count of possessing an illegal assault rifle. The defendant is a four-year veteran of the Seaside department. He was arrested following an investigation by the Monterey County District Attorney's Office sparked by citizen complaints.

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