Former Fresno cop’s plea deal on rape charge rejected after judge hears woman’s anguish

Former Fresno cop’s plea deal on rape charge rejected after judge hears woman’s anguish

By Pablo Lopez | The Fresno Bee

A judge Tuesday rejected a plea agreement for a former Fresno police officer accused of raping a woman while she was unconscious.

Judge Timothy Kams made his decision after hearing the woman, a former Reedley police officer, testify in Fresno County Superior Court that William Wyatt ruined her life.

After rejecting the plea, Kams ordered the 36-year-old Wyatt, who is out on bail, to return to court Aug. 14 for a status hearing.

In May, Wyatt pleaded no contest to the felony rape charge. In exchange, prosecutors offered him probation.

Fresno defense attorney Mark Broughton, who represented Wyatt, said Tuesday he wasn’t surprised by Kams’ action, especially since the woman “told the judge she was traumatized and her life was ruined.”

But the woman also told Kams she wanted to move on and agreed with the plea deal for Wyatt, Broughton said. Now Wyatt has to prepare for a trial.

He contends he had consensual sex with the woman, his lawyer said. If convicted of rape, he would face up to eight years in prison.

Wyatt joined the Fresno police force in 2003 as a patrol officer. He left in 2012.

The woman contends Wyatt raped her in 2010 after they went out for drinks.

The woman didn’t know she had been raped until Jan. 18, 2012, when she learned of photographs on Wyatt’s computer that showed her having sex with him, according to an affidavit by Fresno County sheriff’s detective Andrea McCormick. The woman told the detective the photographs showed “she is clearly passed out while the officer was having sex with her,” the affidavit said.

The woman also told the detective she didn’t remember having sex and could not have given consent because she was extremely intoxicated, the affidavit said.

Once the allegation surfaced, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer took Wyatt’s badge, gun and ability to make an arrest.

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