Former Fresno-area police officer charged with series of sexual assaults while on duty

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A former Fresno County police officer faces federal charges after authorities say he sexually assaulted four women while on active duty as a law enforcement officer.

A federal grand jury has filed charges against Corcoran’s J. DeShawn Torrence, alleging that constitutional rights have been stripped under the color of the law, the US Department of Justice said Friday.

Torrence, 38, “engaged in various forms of non-consensual sexual behavior ranging from ordering a victim to remove her clothing without a legitimate law enforcement purpose to coercing his victims into sexual acts while serving as a police officer,” federal officials said.

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The incidents occurred multiple times from August 2017 to June 2021 while he was serving as an officer with the Sanger Police Department, officials said.

Torrence is no longer employed by the department.

Authorities say four of the graves carry a maximum penalty of life and a $250,000 fine.

Torrance faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for another charge, and a year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000 for the remaining five cases, officials said.

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Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to contact the FBI at (916) 746-7000.

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