By: Savannah Smith | 01-09-2018 | News
Photo credit: Credit: Ventura County Sheriff's Office

Police Arrest Man Who Posed as an Officer and Sexually Assaulted a Teenager

The 21-year-old man who allegedly pretended to be a police officer and sexually assaulted an 18-year-old woman he met online has been arrested. The authorities nabbed the man in Thousand Oaks.

The man has been identified as Andy Menjivar and prosecutors charged him on Tuesday with one count each of kidnap with intent to commit sexual assault and sexual assault under the color of authority by impersonating a police officer.

Authorities started the investigation on the case on Friday when the victim called the police to report that she had been sexually assaulted by a man she just met through a social media site.

The teen agreed to meet with the suspect in the area of Lynn Road and Janss Road where Menjivar then posed as a police officer. Menjivar then rode her to a parking lot and that’s where he allegedly assaulted her.

After the incident, Menjivar allegedly drove the teenager back to her vehicle and let her go.

Authorities arrested Menjivar at an apartment complex in the 8000 block of Variel Avenue in Los Angeles after they have completed their probe.

Menjivar was booked into the Ventura County Jail and is being held on $500,000 bail. Should he be convicted of the charges filed against him, Menjivar faces a maximum possible sentence of 15 years to life in prison.


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