Fake cop who sexually assaulted undocumented immigrants sentenced to prison

Jeffrey Bugai

The San Francisco security guard who lured undocumented immigrants back to his house and sexually assaulted them while posing as a police officer was sentenced Wednesday to 65-years-to-life in prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Jeffrey Bugai, 36, forced five men to perform sexual acts with him between January 2008 and March of last year by wielding their immigration status against them and pretending he was a police officer, prosecutors said.

In February a jury convicted Bugai of 18 felony counts related to the sexual assaults, including sodomy, sexual battery and forcible oral copulation, among other charges, prosecutors said.

In one instance, Bugai used a handgun to intimidate a man. In others, he drugged his victims and also used his false status as a police officer to extort money, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

One count of sodomy by force and another of sodomy by anesthesia were both reduced by a judge to charges of attempting those crimes, prosecutors said.

In a statement released after Bugai’s conviction, District Attorney George Gascon said the case highlighted the need for immigration reform.

“When victims are afraid to come forward and cooperate with authorities because of their immigration status the whole community suffers,” Gascon said.


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