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A California security guard posed as a police officer to force at least two Central American men to engage in sex acts with him, authorities said.
Police said 35-year-old Jeffrey Bugai drove an unmarked Ford Crown Victoria similar to the vehicles driven by police officers and frequented areas near San Francisco and Oakland where newly arrived immigrants gathered, reported KTVU-TV.
Investigators said Bugai then took at least two men back to his home, where he sexually assaulted them.
“There were some handcuffs that were involved and he would threaten the victim that if he were to contact police, there would be retaliation and or deportation,” said Officer Albie Esparza, of San Francisco police.
Authorities charged Bugai in two cases dating to 2008, but police suspect there may be additional victims since then.
Court documents show Bugai was prosecuted in 1999 in Michigan for impersonating a health care professional.
A judge set bond at $2.1 million in the case, which carries a possible life sentence if Bugai is convicted.
“This is a nightmare scenario if I’ve ever heard of one,” said Alex Bastian, a spokesman for the San Francisco County District Attorney’s Office.
By Jonathan Allen
NEW YORK (Reuters) – All New York City police officers are expected to undergo retraining in the wake of a man’s death on a city sidewalk shortly after he was placed in a chokehold by officers, Bill Bratton, the police commissioner, said on Tuesday.
The dying moments of Eric Garner, 43, can be seen in two bystanders’ videos, which have provoked outrage in the city.
(Reuters) – A group of top scientists has called for a fundamental change to how the United States deals with risks to its Atlantic and Gulf coasts from storms and climate change in a National Research Council report released Wednesday.
Urging a “national vision” toward addressing coastal risks, the report comes on the heels of a Reuters analysis published earlier this month showing that coastal flooding along the densely populated Eastern Seaboard of the United States has surged in recent years, with steep financial consequences.
The great majority of money – most of it federal dollars – spent on coastal risks goes toward recovery after a disaster rather than on planning for and mitigating against storms, climate change and sea-level rise, the report said.
Instead, the federal government should push for a national coastal risk assessment to identify best practices and uniform measures of progress, and move away from the current decentralized approach to coastal management, the report said.
Such a shift would help the U.