- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A police officer in the city of Monterey Park has been charged with sexually assaulting or detaining three women while on duty - forcing each of them to expose themselves and touching two of them.

City News Service says Israel Sanchez pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 10 felony charges, including false imprisonment, bribery and sexual battery.

The 40-year-old remains jailed and could face more than eight years in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors say the alleged crimes occurred in 2014.

The case was investigated by Long Beach police at the request of the Monterey Park Police Department, which placed Sanchez on paid leave.

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