Affidavits Reveal Shocking Details Behind New Charges Against Former OPD Officer (3-31-14)

Affidavits Reveal Shocking Details Behind New Charges Against Former OPD Officer (3-31-14)

By Geena Martinez

NewsWest 9

UPDATE: Former OPD officer Salvador Becerra was arraigned this morning for charges of sexual assault and violating the civil rights of a person in custody. His bond has been set at $65,000. He will be required to wear an electronic monitoring device.

NewsWest 9 has learned new details behind the latest allegations against a former Odessa police officer.

Salvador Becerra was recently fired for accusations of groping women during traffic stops.

This brings the total to five women who police believe were sexually violated by Becerra all while he was on duty.

Becerra is now facing a sexual assault charge along with another charge for violating the civil rights of a person in custody.

"This did not come as a result of an error by the system," Cpl. Steve LeSueur said. "This came as a result of an individual who intentionally engaged in illegal activity."

Less than two weeks after he was fired from OPD, Becerra is back behind bars.

This time the allegations go even further.

According to an arrest affidavit, Texas Rangers were investigating Becerra when they learned, back in February, his patrol car had been parked at the Quality Inn Motel for more than 20 minutes.

After some digging through Becerra's logs, notepad and phone, investigators met with a woman from El Paso who admitted the former officer had sexually assaulted her.

The victim told police she finished her shift at local nightclub and parked back at the motel. She noticed Becerra parked his patrol car behind hers.

The affidavit said Becerra spotted an open beer in the woman's car.

After searching her vehicle, Becerra allegedly told her he would have to search her room.

The victim reluctantly said yes and according to the documents, Becerra cornered the woman inside the room claiming he needed to search her.

The woman asked for a female officer, but Becerra allegedly said no, then touched her breasts and kissed her on the lips.

Investigators said what happened next is even more disturbing.

Becerra allegedly demanded oral sex from the woman.

She told police she feared she'd be arrested if she didn't comply.

The woman also said she didn't come forward because she didn't think anyone would believe her.

"It's unacceptable," Le Sueur said. "His actions are disgusting."

Police said Becerra groped another woman in custody just one week before the alleged sexual assault.

In this traffic stop, he was the back up officer on the call.

According to the affidavit, Becerra moved the woman away from the patrol car three times and touched her breasts underneath her shirt and bra twice.

The woman also told investigators she didn't say anything to the other officer because she was scared to go to jail.

In both of these new cases, Becerra gave the women his phone number and told them to call him.

Odessa police said they're outraged and disappointed.

"It's unfortunate because we strive, we work so hard to gain the trust of the public and Becerra has made it extremely difficult for us," LeSueur said.

Becerra is set to be arraigned on Tuesday morning.