Man accused of kidnapping immigrants while posing as cop back in court

Jeffrey Bugai

A San Francisco man arrested on suspicion of kidnapping with the intent to commit sexual assaults while impersonating a police officer will be in court today to set a preliminary hearing, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.

Jeffrey Bugai, 35, was arrested July 10 after investigators said he would allegedly target newly arrived immigrants from Central America with limited English-speaking ability and convince them he was a police officer before bringing them to his home and forcing them to commit sexual acts.

Investigators said Bugai would reportedly use drugs or alcohol on his victims before forcing them to perform sexual acts. He would reportedly threaten to deport his victims if they said anything to police.

Bugai was arraigned July 15 and pleaded not guilty to five felony counts that include two felony counts of kidnapping with the intent to commit a sexual-related assault, assault with the intent to commit a felony, attempted forcible oral copulation and attempted sodomy by use of force.

He is in custody on $2 million bail and will be in court this morning, Bastian said.

Former S.F. State professor up for arraignment

The former San Francisco State University professor arrested in connection with 15 misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy for allegedly filming current and former students in his home bathroom</a> will be in court for arraignment Tuesday morning, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.

Mark Landis, a 38-year-old San Francisco resident and former accounting teacher, is alleged to have had parties at his house where he would invite over current and former students and secretly record them while they used his bathroom.

One of the students discovered the camera hiding under a tissue box at a party in November, prosecutors said. The student reportedly examined the contents of the memory card from the camera after leaving the party and saw that many people had been filmed while using Landis’ bathroom.

Landis is currently out of custody on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to return to court Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m., Bastian said.

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