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Ex-Long Beach cop gets 11 years for sex crimes with underage girls

February 22, 2013 |  3:41 pm

A former Long Beach police officer was sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to numerous sex crimes involving underage girls, prosecutors said.

At a preliminary hearing, Noe Yanez, 40, pleaded guilty to charges including forcible rape, meeting a minor for lewd purposes, using a minor for sex acts, possession of child pornography and false imprisonment by fraud or deceit, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Natalie Adomian.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen sentenced Yanez to 11 years and eight months in prison and ordered that he register as a sex offender.

Yanez's crimes — which occurred from 2008 until shortly before he was charged in May 2012 — involved at least five victims as young as 13, Adomian said.

Yanez was a nine-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department when arrested April 19 on felony possession of child pornography charges.

Authorities had been investigating Yanez after he reportedly met a teenager while on patrol and later solicited explicit photographs of her via text message.

After further investigation, prosecutors filed a felony complaint and Yanez was rearrested the next month.

His employment with Long Beach police was terminated in June 2012, officials said.

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