El Paso officer charged with sexual assault

February 25, 2011 4:38:26 AM PST
A 29-year-old El Paso police officer has been arrested after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her. A police department statement says Officer Zake Rivera and another officer responded to a domestic disturbance call on Jan. 23. After separating the two parties involved, Rivera was left alone with the victim, who later reported the alleged assault.

Internal Affairs detectives investigating the case received evidence on Thursday that prompted them to obtain an arrest warrant for Rivera, a 4-year department veteran. He was booked into the El Paso County Jail and released after posting a bond of $25,000.

The statement says the department has begun termination proceedings for Rivera. Jail records show no attorney listed for Rivera.