(The AEGIS Alliance) – A former police officer that had been convicted of sexually assaulting 2 prisoners in a Texas police department will spend thirty years in prison, according to a ruling by a federal judge on Tuesday.
26-year-old Matthew Lee Sepulveda accompanied each male victim from a jail cell into an office in the same property and then gave oral sex to the men in different incidents, the victims informed a jury at a trial that lasted two days earlier in the year. One of the victims had only been 17 back then.
The stunning abuse took place throughout Sepulveda’s short assignment as a cop for the Progreso Police Department, located around twenty miles southeast of McAllen, close by the Mexico border.
The younger victim informed the court he had been apprehended following him not being able to call his mom and dad after a traffic stop in which he had been in the passenger seat. He pointed out the police officer transported him to an office and then started asking questions of a sexual nature prior to sexually attacking him.
The adult victim explained a comparable experience, saying to the court that he had been “scared and did not think he could leave” the room in the course of the abuse. The evidence additionally revealed Sepulveda’s DNA on that particular victim’s underclothing.
“The vast majority of law enforcement officers in the United States are deeply committed to fulfilling their oath to serve and protect our community,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs pointed out in a Tuesday statement. “Sepulveda betrayed this oath by preying on his victims, exploiting his authority to serve his own personal, depraved interests.”
Sepulveda was found guilty on a pair of counts of violating the civil liberties of an individual under his custody, along with the second count leading to physical trauma as well as consisting of attempted aggravated sexual assault, aggravated sexual abuse, and kidnapping.
U.S. District Court Judge Randy Crane sentenced Matthew Lee Sepulveda to 360 months behind bars, then 5 years of monitored release. He will continue to be in custody pending transfer to a federal penitentiary that will be determined at a later date.
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