Inland Empire

Man Faces 188-Year Sentence for Impersonating Police and Sexually Assaulting Women

An Inland Empire man was found guilty Tuesday of posing as a police officer and sexually assaulting women at gunpoint.

Big Bear City resident William Hernandez, 53, faces 188 years to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of four counts of forcible rape, four counts of oral copulation, two counts of false imprisonment by violence and one count of sodomy by use of force, said Christopher Lee, Public Affairs Officer for the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office, in a press release.

In February 2016, Hernandez identified himself to a woman as a police officer and threatened her with a handgun, Lee said. He proceeded to sexually assault the woman in a Rancho Cucamonga motel.

Hernandez did the same thing to another woman in Victorville, Lee said. When the woman answered a call from a friend, Lee said, Hernandez demanded that she tell the friend to come over. When the friend arrived, Hernandez sexually assaulted her at gunpoint.

Hernandez' sentencing is scheduled for August 22.

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