Sheriff’s Detective Found Guilty of Sexual Assault Charges – California Penal Code 243.4

By: Wallin & Klarich

As reported in the San Diego Union-Tribune, Thomas John Sadler, a sheriff’s detective accused of groping a prostitute while on duty, was found guilty of felony assault and battery by an officer and misdemeanor counts of assault and false imprisonment. These allegations stem from an incident in 2008 when Sadler allegedly used his status as a police officer to sexually assault a prostitute in a parking lot on Camino del Rio South. The prosecution in the case said that this was not the first complaint against Sadler by females he has arrested or detained while on duty. However, Internal Affairs had cleared him of previous allegations. Sadler now faces a sentence of up to 3 years in prison.

Sexual battery in San Diego under California Penal Code 243.4 is any intimate, non-consensual bodily contact that is made for the purpose of sexual arousal, gratification, or abuse.
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It is also referred to as “sexual assault.” Depending on the circumstances of the incident, the crime can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. Cases that involve a restrained, unconscious, or disabled victim will likely result in a felony sexual battery charge.

Facing allegations of a sex crime can lead to very serious consequences. Please contact our experienced and aggressive San Diego criminal defense attorneys at Wallin and Klarich. Our attorneys have the skills and expertise needed to provide you with a strong defense in your case.
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