In the early-morning darkness, the woman saw the deputy’s cruiser in her rearview mirror. On a near-empty street not far from her home, the lawman stopped her, then ordered her into his vehicle. For more than an hour, he meandered around that city, asking questions – where she worked, where she lived. The deputy then stopped in an isolated industrial yard, parking between cargo containers. He ordered her to take off her clothes.
“I asked him, ‘Why are you doing this?’ ” the 42-year-old beauty parlor owner and mother of two told the Los Angeles Times. “He would not talk. He just kept raping me. I couldn’t run. He was armed. He was a cop.” For months, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Gabriel Gonzalez prowled the streets of Compton and surrounding cities during his early-morning patrol shifts, reports the Los Angeles Times. In at least three cases, prosecutors said, he stopped women as they drove or walked alone, ordering them to strip before he sexually abused or raped them. This week, a federal court jury convicted the 38-year-old deputy of civil rights violations in the three cases.