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O.C. police officer arrested on charges of assaulting two women

October 5, 2010 |  2:01 pm

A Garden Grove police officer was arrested and charged Tuesday with sexually assaulting two women he had briefly dated, authorities said.

Prosecutors have charged Officer Jesse Andrew Green, 33, of Huntington Beach with two felony counts of forcible sodomy for assaulting two women on two separate occasions.

On April 26, 2006, Green went to the Santa Ana home of a 41-year-old woman he had been dating off-and-on after they had met online, and raped her as she screamed and struggled to escape, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.

Prosecutors are also accusing Green of taking a 40-year-old woman home to his Huntington Beach apartment after their first date on Nov. 6, 2009, and raping her before she was able to break free and run away.

Green, who had already been placed on unpaid administrative leave after the second assault was reported, was called in to the Garden Grove police station Tuesday morning and arrested by Huntington Beach officers.

Both victims were extremely reluctant to report the assaults because they were afraid Green would use his position as a police officer to retaliate against them, prosecutors said.

Green has been an officer with the Garden Grove Police Department since 2006. Before that he worked for the Calexico Police Department, from 2004 to 2006.

A spokesman for Garden Grove police said Green -- a patrol officer -- was off-duty when the assaults allegedly occurred.

Prosecutors plan on requesting $250,000 bail when he appears in court Wednesday. He faces a maximum of 16 years in prison if convicted.

-- Tony Barboza