Fresno cop on paid administrative leave amid rape charges

August 30, 2012 12:01:35 AM PDT
A Fresno Police officer is on paid administrative leave, accused of raping a female officer from another police department. William Wyatt, 34, has been a member of the Fresno Police Department for nine years. Wyatt surrendered to authorities Tuesday after the Fresno County District Attorney's office filed a felony rape charge against him.

Court documents show the alleged rape happened two years ago but the victim says she didn't know the two had ever had sex until pictures surfaced in January. An affidavit describes how a night at a Northwest Fresno bar led to the officer's rape. The victim told investigators she went to the bar with William Wyatt and two of his friends in August 2010. She said she remembered arriving at the bar, but didn't remember anything beyond that because of heavy alcohol consumption.

According to the affidavit, the woman woke up in Wyatt's bed the next day. She said she was wearing different clothes and Wyatt explained she had passed out. Then, in January 2012, William Wyatt's girlfriend sent the woman pictures she found on Wyatt's computer. Those images were sent via text and showed the victim and Wyatt having sex. An investigator described the pictures in the court affidavit, saying "It appears that the female may be unconscious during the sex."

20 more nude photos of the victim were discovered when a search warrant was served at Wyatt's home. Wyatt is charged with one felony count of rape of an unconscious person. ABC 30 Legal Analyst Tony Capozzi said the photos are strong pieces of evidence, even in an alleged crime committed two years ago. "From her description of what happened that evening, she went out drinking and was intoxicated and clearly passed out. I think the pictures are going to be damning for the defense. I think it's going to be an uphill battle for the defense in this case," said Capozzi.

The victim told investigators she doesn't remember having sex with Wyatt and she doesn't feel she couldn't have consented because of her extreme intoxicated state.

A spokesperson from the Fresno Police Department told Action News Wyatt has been on paid administrative leave since January and an internal affairs investigation will determine his future with the department.


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