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Former CA police officer was 'poster child' of a predator cop




A man walks by a police patrol car on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in a parking lot along the West Capitol Avenue strip in West Sacramento, Calif. The street is the same one where, according to court testimony, police officer Sergio Alvarez cruised for victims while on patrol. Last year, Alvarez was convicted of kidnapping and raping several of those victims, all of them addicts or prostitutes. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)
A man walks by a police patrol car on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in a parking lot along the West Capitol Avenue strip in West Sacramento, Calif. The street is the same one where, according to court testimony, police officer Sergio Alvarez cruised for victims while on patrol. Last year, Alvarez was convicted of kidnapping and raping several of those victims, all of them addicts or prostitutes. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)
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Lately there's been a lot of tension between law enforcement agencies and communities across the country, mostly centered on officer involved shootings.

But there are other ways that trust between police and the citizens they're sworn to protect can erode.

A yearlong investigation conducted by the Associated Press found that in one six-year period, there were about 1,000 cases of officers being stripped of their badges because of rape, sexual assault or sexual misconduct. 

Martha Irvine, an AP national writer, joined Take Two to discuss one specific case involving Sergio Alvarez, a former police officer in West Sacramento, California, currently serving 205 years to life in prison for his crimes.

To hear the full interview with Martha Irvine, click the link above.