A former Garden Grove police officer was sentenced Friday to 12 years in state prison for forcibly sodomizing three women.
Jesse Andrew Green, 36, of Huntington Beach was found guilty Sept. 6 of three counts of forcible sodomy, but a jury was not able to reach a verdict on one count of rape, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office.
The defendant was reported to have dated the three women from April 2006 to November 2009 while working for the Garden Grove and Calexico police departments.
Prosecutors argued that Green became aggressive with the women during what started as consensual sexual encounters.
The defendant made derogatory statements to the victims, such as calling them names, and told them that "he had herpes or AIDS and that he had transmitted the disease to them," according to the statement.
Three of the victims provided statements to the court, one verbally and two in writing.
The women stated that they trusted Green because he was an officer and appeared to be nice, but realized that he had betrayed them, according to the district attorney office's.
The three women, who did not know each other, filed charges against Green in October 2010. A fourth victim claimed that she had been raped by the defendant in 1998.
All the victims were hesitant to come forward sooner because they feared Green would use his status as a police officer to retaliate against them, according to the statement.
Green must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
— Anthony Clark Carpio