Additional Charges Filed Against California Officer Accused of Serial Rape

Prosecutors filed additional charges last week against Officer Ronald VanRossum, a San Bernadino, California police officer accused of raping more than a dozen women while on patrol. The number of women he is accused of sexually assaulting has reached 16. VanRossum has been charged with 43 felony counts, including rape, kidnapping and assault for alleged on-duty attacks between April 2000 and November 2001. His accusers claim that VanRossum used his badge as a weapon, threatening his victims, most of who were drug addicts, with arrest if they didn’t cooperate. His bail has been set at $2 million.


AP - Los Angeles; 06/18/02

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