UPDATE: Termination Hearing For EPPD Officer Today
POSTED: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 3:35pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 18, 2011 - 9:09am
Update 3:45 p.m.: Zake Rivera has officially been fired from the El Paso Police Department. Tune in to NewsChannel 9 at 5, 6, and 10 for the very latest.
EL PASO - Police have confirmed that a scheduled termination hearing for officer Zake Rivera will happen today.The hearing is not open to the public.
29-year-old Zake Rivera was arrested on February 25 and charged with sexual assault. Police said that on January 23, 2011, Rivera and his partner responded to a family disturbance call in the 700 block of Mesa Hills. The officers separated to interview the husband and wife involved in the disturbance, one of which was the victim. EPPD said separating the people 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. An arrest affidavit says Rivera allegedly forced the victim to perform oral sex on him in the back of his patrol car.
The victim went to police, and Internal Affairs and Special Investigations Group began an investigation. Police say they have condemning evidence against Rivera, and that DNA samples on the victim's clothing were found to be associated with Rivera.
Rivera is a 4-year veteran of the El Paso Police Department and was assigned to the Westside Regional Command Center.