Former Odessa Police officer files appeal

Former Odessa Police officer files appeal
Salvador Becerra (Source: Ector County Sheriff's Office)

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - New details about a sexual assault case that shook the Odessa Police Department last year.

Former OPD officer Salvador Becerra has filed an appeal.

His attorney said they feel his trial should have been moved to another county.

The trial ended in Ector County back in December.

The jury found Becerra guilty on five counts of improper sexual activity with a person in custody.

He was acquitted on one count of that same charge as well as one count of sexual assault.

Becerra was fired from the Odessa Police Department last March after multiple women complained about his conduct.

Five women testified during the trial that he groped them while conducting traffic stops.

Becerra's defense attorney says it's standard for convictions to be suspended during the appeal process.

It's unclear how this may affect a pending civil lawsuit filed by one of his alleged victims against Becerra and the City of Odessa.

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