Sanger Police Officer arrested, charged with sexual battery, deputies say


FRESNO, Calif. (KGPE) – An officer from the Sanger Police Department is under arrest Wednesday on charges of sexual battery and unlawfully detaining a person, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, following an incident that allegedly occurred while he was on duty.

J.D. Torrence, jail booking
J.D. Torrence’s booking photo at Fresno County Jail (image courtesy of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office).

Deputies say an allegation of misconduct was reported to Sanger Police Department on June 24 against Officer J.D. Torrence. The department requested the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office investigate the complaint.

According to Sheriff’s Office investigators, the incident took place on June 23 in Sanger. While on duty, Officer Torrence stopped his patrol vehicle to check on a parked car. He detained a woman inside and reportedly touched the woman against her will in a sexual manner. The woman walked away to a well-lit business and remained until Officer Torrence left the area.

Sanger Police Chief Greg Garner says Torrence was wearing a body cam – but it was turned off against the department’s protocol. Garner described the allegations as deeply disturbing.

“This is horrible in any circumstance but it is even worse when it is committed by a law enforcement officer.”

Torrence’s bail was set at $250,000. He has since been placed on leave from the police department.

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims says a search warrant of Torrence’s home led them to evidence of a possible second victim.

“This pattern of behavior that leads us to believe that this isn’t his first time,” said Sheriff Mims. “Again, it was so out there and blatant and no hesitation that of what we are sure there are additional victims out there.”

Anyone who believes they also had inappropriate contact with Officer Torrence is asked to contact the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Chad Stokes on 559-600-8144.

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