Former US police accused of sexual abuse will serve three years in prison

This content was published on May 12, 2022 – 19:31

Miami, May 12 (EFE) .- A former police sergeant from Florida (USA) arrested in 2019 for the crime of sexual assault on several women, one of them a minor, was sentenced this Thursday to three years in prison after reaching a plea deal that spared him a longer sentence or even a life sentence.

Federal Judge Kathleen M. Williams, of the Southern District of Florida, sentenced former Sergeant Jesús Manuel Menocal Jr. to three years in prison on Thursday, for which he must surrender voluntarily on July 11 to enter prison.

The former officer was arrested in December 2019 by FBI agents at the Hialeah police station, a city near Miami, accused “of depriving women of their civil rights for their own sexual satisfaction,” as reported at the time. the prosecution.

Menocal Jr., who was immediately fired from law enforcement following his arrest, pleaded guilty last March to “three misdemeanor charges that accused him of depriving three of his victims of their constitutional rights,” the newspaper reported at the time. Miami Herald.

While in his custody, the 34-year-old man forced them to “touch his penis, perform oral sex or have sexual intercourse,” according to federal court records cited by the newspaper.

The three incidents were part of a series of complaints dating back to 2014 and 2015 that included alleged oral sex with a 14-year-old girl.

As part of his plea deal, Menocal agreed to surrender his police license and never run for any law enforcement position again.

Under this agreement, the former officer, who had been decorated and belonged to special operations SWAT teams, avoided other charges such as kidnapping, which could have led to life in prison.

The allegations surfaced in 2015, but the Hialeah Police Department decided not to press charges after an investigation.

Subsequently, Menocal received a salary increase and a promotion to sergeant until he was arrested by the FBI, detailed the NBC6 channel. EFE

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Former US police accused of sexual abuse will serve three years in prison