Serial Rapist Cop Arrested for Raping, Kidnapping 5 Women — On Duty

From Claire Bernish:

 

Thirty-one-year-old Noah W. Winchester — who previously served as an officer with the Sacramento Police Department, the Los Rios Community College District police force, where he patrolled American River College, and, most recently, the San Mateo Police Department — faces 22 felony charges including rape, criminal threats, kidnapping, and other offenses related to the sexual assaults of the five women. Those charges concern Winchester’s employment with Los Rios and San Mateo.

Charges brought by the San Mateo District Attorney’s office allege Winchester perpetrated his crimes by threatening to arrest the women for various fictitious wrongdoings if they refused to have sex with him.

“Some of them, he would pull them over, talk to them about whatever he was stopping them for, and then make a decision that this was a victim,” San Mateo District Attorney Jim Wagstaffe said, according to local CBS SF. Winchester would then transport his intended victims to a secluded park or motel.

Wagstaffe added, the victims “did what we teach people to do, which is to follow the directions of a law enforcement officer. Not knowing they were about to be victimized by someone who was putting a dark stain on that badge.”

Winchester had been employed with the San Mateo department for around nine months as a “lateral police officer” before the allegations of these “repugnant” crimes came to light in October, was immediately placed on leave, and subsequently resigned in February amid a thorough investigation.

In an earlier statement cited by the Daily Journal, prior to Winchester’s arrest, San Mateo Police Chief Susan Manheimer said the department “recognizes the seriousness, and is absolutely horrified at the nature of these criminal allegations. We want to reassure the public that this alleged conduct in no way reflects the core …

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