- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A judge is considering probation for a former Fresno police officer who has pleaded no contest to raping a female officer from a neighboring city while she was unconscious five years ago.

A lawyer for defendant William Wyatt said Wednesday that probation is being considered because the victim has said in letters to the judge that she wants the case resolved.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 23. The Fresno Bee says (https://bit.ly/1GxSzDl ) if Wyatt doesn’t get probation, he can withdraw his plea and take his case to a jury trial.

Investigation began in January 2012, when Fresno’s chief learned of the rape allegation from the chief of police in the city of Reedley. A Reedley officer accused Wyatt of sexually assaulting her while she was passed out after drinking.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, https://www.fresnobee.com

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