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Former Fresno police officer gets probation in rape case

Ex-Fresno cop William Wyatt enters court for sentencing on rape charge

William Wyatt, in black shirt and pants, walks into a Fresno County courtroom, preceded by his attorney, Mark Broughton, on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. Wyatt, a former Fresno police officer, was sentenced to probation for a rape in 2010.
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William Wyatt, in black shirt and pants, walks into a Fresno County courtroom, preceded by his attorney, Mark Broughton, on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. Wyatt, a former Fresno police officer, was sentenced to probation for a rape in 2010.

Former Fresno police officer William Wyatt was sentenced Friday to probation instead of prison for raping a woman while she was unconscious.

Wyatt, 36, must also register as a sex offender for life. He pleaded no contest earlier this year.

A pre-sentencing report recommended he go to prison for the offense, but presiding Superior Court Judge Jonathan Conklin said he was willing to impose three years probation because the victim told the prosecutor and the court that she’s willing to accept a sentence that does not include prision time.

“While some may view the outcome as unjust, I do not mean to imply your actions were in any way acceptable,” Connklin told Wyatt at sentencing.

Prosecutor Tonya Lee said the victim wants o “go on with her life.”

In the summer of 2010, Wyatt and two of his friends went with the victim, who was employed as a police officer in Reedley, to Club Habanos in northwest Fresno for drinks, according to court documents.

She told an investigator she remembers arriving at the bar but remembered nothing after that due to consuming too much alcohol.

But she woke up the following morning in Wyatt’s bedroom wearing sweat pants and a white T-shirt that didn’t belong to her. She told Wyatt to take her home.

She said she didn’t know she had been sexually assaulted until Jan. 18, 2012, when she learned of photographs on Wyatt’s computer showing her having sex with him, an affidavit said.

She told Reedley Police Chief Joe Garza about the photos, who called Fresno police chief Jerry Dyer.

Dyer took Wyatt’s badge, gun and power to make an arrest.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case because the crime happened in a county island.

Neither Wyatt or the victim are currently employed in law enforcement.

This story will be updated.

Lewis Griswold: 559-441-6104, @fb_LewGriswold

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