Man Targeting Undocumented Immigrants and Impersonating an Officer Facing Life in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Five Men
News from the Office of District Attorney George Gascón
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2015
CONTACT: Alex Bastian (415) 553-1931
Maxwell Szabo (415) 553-9089
MAN TARGETING UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS AND IMPERSONATING AN OFFICER FACING LIFE IN PRISON FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING FIVE MEN
SAN FRANCISCO – Yesterday, a jury found Jeffrey Bugai, 36, of San Francisco, guilty on 17 felony counts. All of the victims whom he preyed upon were undocumented immigrants, with some of these crimes being committed with the use of a handgun, and others by drugging the victims.
“The facts of this case highlight why we desperately need immigration reform,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “When victims are afraid to come forward and cooperate with authorities because of their immigration status the whole community suffers. Had some of the undocumented victims come forward earlier, authorities could have intervened and prevented others from being victimized by this predator.”
Evidence presented at trial showed that Bugai, a licensed security guard, would lure unsuspecting male victims to his house to sexually assault them. Bugai, under the color of authority, used a handgun to intimidate his victim on at least one occasion. In other instances he drugged his victims in order to make them comply with his demands. In one instance, Bugai used his fictitious authority to extort money from an unsuspecting victim.
Bugai victimized five adult males between January 2008 and the end of March 2014. The jury found him guilty 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. He faces life in prison and will be sentenced on March 6th.
This successful prosecution would not have been possible without the hard work and diligence of Assistant District Attorney Sharon Reardon, SFPD Sgt. Perdomo, victim advocates Delia Montiel and Lili Gamero, and paralegal Nina Stellini.