A San Francisco man arrested last year on suspicion of sexually assaulting five men after luring them back to his house under the guise of being a police officer was found guilty on Wednesday of 17 felony counts related to the crimes and faces a life sentence in prison, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Jeffrey Bugai, 36, who was a licensed security guard, would lure unsuspecting and undocumented male immigrants to his house where he would intimidate, drug or extort his victims into committing sexual acts with him, District Attorney's Office spokesman Max Szabo said in a statement Thursday.
Bugai is believed to have told several of his victims that he was a police officer and because all of them were undocumented immigrants, they would comply with his demands, prosecutors said.
In at least one instance, prosecutors said Bugai used a handgun to intimidate a victim into committing a sexual act. Other times he would use alcohol or would drug his victims to receive their compliance. The case highlighted the need for immigration reform, District Attorney George Gascon said.
“When victims are afraid to come forward and cooperate with authorities because of their immigration status the whole community suffers,” he said.
The incidents took place between January 2008 and March of last year. Bugai was convicted by a jury on charges of sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, sodomy, assault, sexual battery, forcible oral copulation, attempted forcible oral copulation, false imprisonment, extortion and unlawfully administering a drug, Szabo said.
He faces life in prison and is scheduled to return to court March 6.