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EPPD Officer Arrested for Sexual Assault

Friday, February 25, 2011 - 4:52pm

UPDATE: Friday 3 p.m. - An arrest affadavit says Rivera allegedly forced the victim to perform oral sex on him in the back of his patrol car.

See the full story tonight on Local 4 News at 5:30 and 10 p.m.


UPDATE 5:20 p.m.-- EL PASO – El Paso Police arrested one of their own on Thursday after an investigation led to sexual assault charges.

Zake Rivera, 29, was arrested for sexual assault after an investigation.

Police said the investigation revealed that on January 23, 2011, River and his partner responded to a family disturbance call. While investigating the disturbance, both officers separated each of the persons involved in the disturbance, one of which was the victim. EPPD said separating the persons involved in domestic disturbances is standard procedure.

Police said that while the victim was separated with RIvera, and out of sight of the others, Rivera sexually assaulted the victim.

The victim went to police, and Internal Affairs and Special Investigations Group began an investigation.

A warrant was secured for the arrest of Rivera after the investigation for the offense of sexual assault. He was booked into the El Paso County Jail on a bond of $25,000.00.

Rivera is a 4-year veteran of the El Paso Police Department and was assigned to the Westside Regional Command Center.

The termination hearing for Rivera began after his arrest, and is scheduled for March 7.


UPDATE 4:16 p.m.-- An El Paso Police officer was arrested on charges of sexual assault on Thursday.

Chief Greg Allen held a news conference on Thursday to address the arrest of Zake Rivera.

Rivera has been an officer with EPPD for 4 years.

The incident reportedly occured on Jan. 23 when Rivera and another officer were responding to a family violence call. The two officers split up at the scene, and was then that the assault happened.

The female victim is not a minor.

RIvera has been on administrative leave pending the investigation. Chief Allen said there was strong evidence against Rivera.

There will be a termination hearing soon.

Stay with for more updates.


EL PASO - Police Chief Greg Allen plans to hold a news conference at 4 p.m. to address the arrest of a police officer.

Little is known beyond that.

The news conference will be held at 911 N. Raynor in the second floor chief's large conference room.

Stay with for the latest on this developing story.


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