Ex-El Paso officer convicted of rape gets suspended sentence, probation

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Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Judge Patrick Garcia imposed the suspended sentence after a jury issued the initial sentence. It has been corrected to reflect the jury’s intent.

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – A former El Paso police officer who raped a woman he met while responding to a call was given a suspended sentence, 10 years of probation and was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

A jury convicted William Alexander of rape on Thursday.

The woman testified that Alexander, who was a policeman at the time, responded to a call after she got into a fight with her boyfriend.

She told jurors she was drunk at the time and wasn’t fully clothed.

On Thursday, the judge took out the word “unconscious” from the charges as the defense argued the state did not have enough evidence to prove the victim was unconscious at the time of the incident.

The jury sentenced Alexander to 10-years in prison, but also issued the directive to suspend the sentence, meaning Alexander will likely spend no additional time in jail. He will also have to register as a sex offender.

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