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Guilty Verdict Puts Former Odessa Police Officer Behind Bars

Former Odessa Police officer Salvador Becerra is in jail tonight. Jurors found him guilty on five counts of improper sexual activity with a person in custody. Authorities arrested the 31-year-old former law enforcement officer around 10:00 Friday night. He's being held without bond, we've requested his mugshot from Ector County authorities and Becerra is expected back in court Monday morning. This is what attorneys on both sides had to say.

"It's kind of what I expected, I always hope for not guilty across the board but I knew what the evidence was and I kind of felt like we would get what we got and we did," said Justin Low, Becerra's defense attorney.

"You just put on the best case you can and then you give it to the jury and I think that's what we did. We put our absolute best case forward. I think our evidence was good, our arguments were good," said Bobby Bland, and Ector County District Attorney.

The two counts Becerra was found not guilty for included one sexual assault charge. The defense told us they consider that a win.

"We felt like the sexual assault case was not a legitimate charge and that we needed to beat that one and we did," Low.

When the three day emotional trial came to an end, the jury deliberated for longer than expected.

"Well they (the jury) were out almost four hours and I was kind of surprised by that. Once they were out past two hours I knew the odds were in favor of getting the verdict that we got," said Low.

One of the most tense moments was when one of the victims took the stand to testify.

"This was after three days of tough trial. We appreciate the bravery and witnesses of our victims in coming forward to say what happened to them," said Bland.

The uphill battle for the defense was the on camera interrogation where becerra appeared to admit to some of the allegations.

"It was very rough. Anytime you have a trial that involves a confession on tape, the defense attorney knows you're going to have an uphill battle getting anywhere; but we're comfortable with this verdict and we feel that it's acceptable," said Low.

There's a possibility this isn't the end of the road for this trial.

"It's probably likely that there would still be an uphill on the remaining but that's totally up to my client and not up to me," said Low.

Becerra could face up to two years in jail on each of the five counts against him.

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