SACRAMENTO >> Former Anderson police officer Bryan Robert Benson pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to a civil rights offense for sexually assaulting a woman while transporting her to jail, according to a press release issued by the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney”s Office for the Eastern District of California.
Benson, 29, pleaded guilty to one felony count of deprivation of rights under color of law.
According to the plea agreement filed with the court Friday, Benson transported the victim to the Shasta County Jail after she was arrested for driving under the influence on May 29, 2010. Before arriving at the jail, Benson pulled into a parking lot. There, he falsely reported by police radio to dispatch that he had arrived at the jail when, in fact, he had not. Benson got out of the car, opened the passenger side door of the car, removed the victim from the passenger seat, and led her to the back of the police car.
Benson engaged in intercourse with the woman against the police car without her consent. The offense resulted in bodily injury to the victim, including physical pain and bruising.
Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 15. Benson and the government agreed in the plea agreement that the Court should sentence Benson to five years in prison. Benson also faces a fine of up to $250,000.