SFPD Officer Arrested In Vacaville Sex Assault

May 14 (BCN) San Francisco police announced one of their detectives was arrested on sexual assault charges in his home town of Vacaville today and has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the case.

Wilfredo Gonzalez, 38, was arrested around 8 a.m. today at his residence on a recently issued warrant. He's suspected of committing two counts of rape involving the use of an intoxicating substance two years ago.

According to Vacaville investigators, Gonzalez allegedly invited both of the victims on separate occasions to his home. During their visits, the women reported being given alcoholic drinks that rendered them unconscious and then being raped.

One of the alleged assaults occurred on May 8, 2002 and North Bay police say they have connected it with another incident that occurred a few months later in the summer.

Sgt. Charlie Spruill of the Vacaville Police Department said one of the victims is in her 30s, the other in her 20s. One described meeting her assailant through the Internet, while the other met him at a business establishment - "not a bar," Spruill added.

The sergeant said investigators believe a drug such as Rohypnol may "possibly" have been used in the attacks.

Gonzalez, who joined San Francisco police force 10 years ago, has most recently been working in its night investigations unit. He's out of custody on $25,000 bail, according to San Francisco police.

The criminal case is being handled by officials in Solano County, while San Francisco's Police Department is conducting its own internal investigation that could lead to disciplinary charges.

Police in San Francisco said they only recently learned about the case and referred inquiries to the Vacaville investigative team.

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Last Updated: May 14, 2004