Charges Filed Against SDPD Officer Christopher Hays

Charges were filed Tuesday on behalf of four women, prosecutors said

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    Raw video of the arraignment for San Diego police officer Christopher Hays on Feb. 18, 2014.

    Prosecutors have filed sexual battery and false imprisonment charges against a San Diego police officer on behalf of four women.

    Officer Christopher Hays, 30, was booked Feb. 9 on two felony counts of false imprisonment with violence and three misdemeanor counts of sexual battery.

    Hays has denied all allegations against him, according to his attorney.

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    San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced the result of her office’s investigation into Hays.

    After a 10-day investigation, prosecutors did not file any additional charges than those Hays was booked under.

    According to the complaint, the first incident occurred on October 30. Hays is accused of false imprisonment and sexual battery for touching Jane Doe 1 for sexual gratification.

    Ten days later on Nov. 10, prosecutors allege a second sexual battery charge involving a victim identified as Jane Doe 2.

    On Dec. 23, Hays is accused of sexual battery involving a woman identified as Jane Doe 3.

    Hays is accused of false imprisonment by a woman identified as Jane Doe 4 on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.

    "This defendant was in a position of authority and abused the public trust," Dumanis said.

    "When we prosecute those who violated public trust and hold them accountable we bring back trust to the community," she said.

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    Seven women have spoken publicly, accusing Hays of improper conduct while in uniform. Officials within the police department said they have interviewed four women.

    One attorney told NBC 7 his client claims she was given an improper pat down.

    One of the women alleges that Hays forced her to give him oral sex in exchange for letting her walk free from an incident in Oct. 2012, according to the attorney of another victim. The woman claims the incident took place in Hays’ patrol car.

    Dumanis refused to discuss details in the ongoing investigation but did say the charges filed Tuesday were on behalf of four women.

    If there are any other victims who are out there or believe they are victims, Dumanis asked them to contact the San Diego Police Department at (619) 531-1550 or the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office (619) 531-3965.

    At his arraignment, Hays pleaded not guilty to charges and was released on bail. He is now on unpaid leave and has been relieved of police responsibilities.

    Hays’ attorney, Richard L. Pinckard, said his client was recognized for entering a burning home and rescuing the people inside.

    “The character traits for that level of valor are wholly inconsistent with the nature of these allegations," Pinckard said.

    The DA’s Special Operations Division is taking the lead on prosecuting this case.