Bell pays $750,000 to settle sex assault by former officer
The city of Bell has agreed to pay $750,000 to a woman who was sexually assaulted by a police officer during a traffic stop.
The settlement, which a judge signed off on last month, ends state and federal lawsuits filed against the city, former police Officer Feliciano Sanchez and former Police Chief Andreas Probst, said Luis Carrillo, the woman’s attorney.
Sanchez, 35, was sentenced in December to nine years in federal prison after pleading guilty to forcing the woman to perform a sex act during a May 2007 traffic stop and violating her civil rights.
The city is paying the settlement in installments ending in July 2012, a plan the scandal-rocked city requested because of its fiscal woes.
"The city just couldn't come up with a giant check like that," said Kimberly Colwell, an attorney for Bell. "It just didn't have that kind of money in its coffers."
-- Tony Barboza