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O.C. officer charged with 2 sexual assaults

October 5, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
An Orange County police officer has been charged with forcibly sodomizing two women, both of whom he dated briefly.Jesse Andrew Green,33, who has been with the Garden Grove Police Department since 2006, is currently on non-paid administrative leave.

Green was apparently in a short-lived relationship with a 41-year-old Santa Ana woman he met online in 2006. In August of that year, he allegedly forcibly sodomized the woman while she screamed and struggled to escape. Green reportedly made threatening statements to scare the victim and left her home.

In November 2009, Green met another woman through a mutual friend. During their first date, Green allegedly forcibly sodomized her at his Huntington Beach apartment. The victim, 40, fought him off and was able to escape.

"It was involving a dating relationship, someone that he had met through a dating relationship and he was accused of forcibly sodomizing her," said Orange County Deputy District Attorney Eric Scarborough.

"My understanding is that was investigated, but there wasn't enough evidence to go forward at that time. Now with this new victim coming forward, we re-opened the old case," said Huntington Beach Police Lt. Russell Reinhart.

Authorities are concerned there may be additional victims.

"The victims had explained that they were reluctant to come forward because he was a police officer," said Scarborough.

"We hold police officers to a higher standard and we are prosecuting these cases with the assistance of the district attorney's office, and we want any victim to feel comfortable coming forward to either us or the district attorney's office," said Reinhart.

Green is expected to be arraigned in court Wednesday. He could face up to 16 years in prison if convicted.

If you have information related to these cases, you're asked to contact the Orange County District Attorney's Office (714) 347-8794.


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