Calexico police officer surrenders, arraigned on statutory rape charges

April 13, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

Calexico police Officer Patrick K. Estrada turned himself in Thursday afternoon at the Imperial County jail and was arraigned on felony charges of statutory rape and sexual penetration of a minor with a foreign object.

Estrada, 24, of El Centro pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Estrada allegedly committed multiple sexual acts with a 16-year-old girl while she was a volunteer in the Calexico Police Department's Explorer program.

According to Yuma County records, Estrada was married March 31 to the alleged teen-age victim.

Arizona law allows a 16-year-old to marry as long as a parent signs a release form. The form for Estrada's bride was signed by her mother.

At his arraignment Thursday, Estrada's bail was set at $10,000 and was paid by a bondsman. His pre-trial hearing is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday.


The felony charges against Estrada were filed April 5, according to District Attorney Gilbert Otero.

Otero filed the charges after approving a complaint sent to him by the Calexico Police Department.

Deputy District Attorney Debra Owen said Estrada's bride could be called as a hostile witness if the case goes to trial.

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419.

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