A 35-year-old San Francisco man has been arrested on suspicion of posing as a police officer and forcing Central American immigrants into committing sexual acts, authorities said Monday.
Jeffrey Bugai reportedly placed handcuffs on some of his victims and targeted recently arrived immigrants with limited English skills, according to the San Francisco Police Department.
"Bugai would mislead his victims to believe he was a police officer and bring his victims to his home where he would administer intoxicants, coerce them and/or force them into committing sexual acts," police officials said in a statement.
Police said Bugai told his victims that they would be deported or face retaliation if they reported him to authorities.
He was in custody Monday after he was arrested on a San Francisco district attorney's office warrant in connection with kidnapping with the intent to commit sexual assaults while impersonating a police officer.
Bugai was known to have frequented the Mission and Ingleside districts in San Francisco, as well as the Hayward and Oakland areas, according to police.
Police are asking anyone with information about the allegations to call investigators at (415) 553-0123.