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Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

Deputy Alexander Vanny, 33, has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. Photo provided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

A Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy suspected of sexually assaulting a volunteer with the sheriff’s department was arrested on Saturday, June 22.

On Friday, June 21, a female volunteer confided in a deputy about a sexual assault committed by another deputy. The deputy reported the incident to his supervisor, which led to the department’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) launching an investigation into the allegations.

The investigation found evidence that Deputy Alexander Ravy Vanny, 33, committed a sexual assault against the adult victim, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reported in a news release.

On June 22, Vanny was arrested and booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility on charges of aggravated kidnapping, sexual assault by force or fear, and forced oral copulation, according to jail records.

Vanny’s bail was set at $1M. According to jail records, he was released on June 23 and is scheduled to appear in court on August 5.

Vanny has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending this investigation.

Vanny was hired by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in May 2016. He was most recently assigned to the Hemet Sheriff’s Station.

This investigation is currently ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the details of this case is asked to contact Lead Investigator Chris Poznanski of the Special Victims Unit at 951-955-1698.

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