San Diego Police Department announces arrest of Officer Christopher Hays

Faces false imprisonment, sexual battery charges

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Police Department on Sunday announced the arrest of Officer Christopher Hays on charges of false imprisonment and sexual battery.

Hays, 30, turned himself in about 1:30 p.m. at a sheriff's substation on Rancho Bernardo Road, per an agreement between the District Attorney's Office, the San Diego Police Department and his attorney, police officials said.

Hays was booked into jail on suspicion of two counts of felony false imprisonment and three misdemeanor sexual battery counts filed in connection with four alleged victims, all women in their late 20s to late 30s, according to San Diego police officials and jail records.

10News learned Hays bailed out of jail at about 3:40 p.m. Sunday. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday, according to jail records. Hays is currently on unpaid leave.

If convicted, Hays would face 7 1/2 years behind bars, San Diego police Lt. Kevin Mayer said.

If the allegations were proven to be true, "this would be a termination case," said San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne

Last Thursday, Team 10 broke the story about accusations of sexual misconduct against four women by Hays.

Four alleged victims told investigators that Hays, assigned to the Mid-City Division, improperly touched them through their clothing, with no "skin-to-skin contact," Lansdowne said last week.

Two other cases remained under investigation -- one which involved sexual contact, Lansdowne said.

"He could be looking at more charges with the fifth and sixth victim," Lansdowne said.

The most recently reported case was being handled with the District Attorney's Office as lead, he said.

A fifth alleged victim stepped forward with an accusation that Hays pressured her to perform a sex act with him.

"What she's accusing him of is oral sex to get out of a ticket," attorney Dan Gilleon told 10News on Saturday. "That's what happened. She actually gave him oral sex back in October of 2012."

Lansdowne noted that the investigation into the allegations was thorough from when the first accuser stepped forward in late December. Investigators also reviewed Hays' cases over the past four years.

However, many of the cases showed contact but no name, Lansdowne said.

Lansdowne said four of the six cases have been filed as of Sunday. He said all of the six cases were spread out over about a year's time.

All the cases were unreported until this past week and the last one was reported to an attorney, he said.

It was the second time in just under three years that a member of the San Diego Police Department has been accused of sexual misconduct with female detainees.

In 2012, ex-Officer Anthony Arevalos was sentenced to almost nine years in prison for demanding sexual favors from women he pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving in the Gaslamp Quarter.

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