Police Abuse

Cop Gets 19 Years for Rapes Committed On-Duty

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Los Angeles County prosecutors say a former police officer has been sentenced to 19 years in prison after pleading no contest to sexually assaulting five women while on duty in 2006 and 2007.

A district attorney's statement says Ryan Allen West entered the plea Tuesday to five felonies including two counts of rape and three counts of penetration with a foreign object.

Prosecutors say West was on duty and in uniform as a Maywood Police Department K-9 officer when he assaulted the five women ranging in age 20 to 50 between October 2006 and May 2007.