A California man was sentenced to 185 years to life in prison after being convicted of impersonating a police officer and sexually assaulting three women.
William Hernandez, 53, was found guilty in July of four counts of forcible oral copulation, four counts of forcible rape, two counts of false imprisonment by violence and one count of sodomy by use of force, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney.
The first attack took place in February 2016 in a Rancho Cucamonga motel, reports the San Bernardino Sun. Hernandez identified himself as a police officer to the victim before threatening her with a handgun and sexually assaulting her for several hours.
A second incident occurred in Victorville, where Hernandez once again identified himself as a police officer, threatened the victim with a handgun and proceeded to sexually assault her.
After the assault, the second victim called her friend on the phone, at which point Hernandez aimed his gun at her and demanded that she tell her friend to meet them at their location. When the victim's friend showed up, Hernandez raped her at gunpoint. He told the women that he would arrest them if they didn't comply.
Hernandez was arrested in March 2016 following a traffic stop.
"This doesn't happen, and when it does it's scary and it's so egregious," Det. James Marshall told the Los Angeles Times at the time.
Marshall added that Hernandez did not have any connection to law enforcement and did not show a badge to his victims when he identified himself as a police officer. The victims said they did not question him because he had a gun.
"They were not contesting it because they were scared," Marshall explained.
Authorities believe that Hernandez may have raped more women who didn't report the attacks.
"He's got a way of doing this," Marshall told the Times.
In June, another California man was convicted of impersonating a police officer and fondling two women.
Joseph Christoph Moore, 41, was found guilty of one felony count each of assault with intent to commit a sexual assault, criminal threats, grand theft and second-degree burglary, and two counts of false imprisonment by violence, according to KNBC.
In November 2015, Moore stopped a woman in the Hollywood area and showed her a badge before groping her breasts. Less than a week later, he stopped another woman and groped her buttocks.
A month earlier, Moore locked himself inside a store with the store's female owner and forced her to undress in front of him. He told her he was a detective investigating the use of counterfeit money.
Moore was arrested in December 2015 after police identified him on a security video.
Sources: San Bernardino County District Attorney, Los Angeles Times, San Bernardino Sun, KNBC / Featured Image: Aapo Haapanen/Flickr / Embedded Images: Rancho Cucamonga Police Department via Los Angeles Times, Scott Davidson/Flickr