Sheriff's Deputy Accused of Rape in Madera County

March 11, 2009 12:08:11 AM PDT
A Madera County Sheriff's Detective has been arrested for raping a woman and then, trying to keep her from calling for help.37 year old Jerry Saldivar was booked into jail by Clovis Police on several felony charges. He has since bailed out.

Jerry Saldivar knew the woman who he is accused of raping. According to jail records, she was asleep or unconscious at some point when the crimes took place.

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call at the East Clovis home where Detective Jerry Saldivar lives. Only this time he became the subject of the investigation.

Action News has learned there is a videotape of the rape that has now been turned over to the District Attorney's Office.

Investigators are recommending prosecutors file three felony charges including rape, false imprisonment and a misdemeanor of preventing a 9-1-1 call from being made.

This is not the first time Saldivar has had brushes with the law.

In early 2007, he was charged with domestic violence and ordered to attend Anger Management and Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous.

Once he completed them, the charges were dropped.

The Madera County Sheriff's Department would only say once they heard about the arrest, Saldivar was immediately put on paid administrative leave. He's also now under an Internal Affairs Investigation.

The 37 year old was hired in 2002 initially as a deputy but later promoted to a detective.

The district attorney is reviewing the case. They have up to 30 days to file charges.

Saldivar is out of jail after posting a 161 thousand dollar bail.

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