SAN DIEGO - A suspended San Diego police officer was arrested Sunday on suspicion of sexual battery and false imprisonment of women while on duty.
Christopher Hays, 30, decorated for bravery in 2012, was arrested at 1:30 p.m. after voluntarily surrendering.
He was booked into county jail on suspicion of three misdemeanor counts of sexual battery and two felony counts of false imprisonment with violence, according to jail records. The arrest was announced by Chief Bill Lansdowne.
"This officer, if the allegations prove true, will go to prison," Lansdowne said.
Hays was released on $130,000 bail, according to jail records.
He received a medal in 2012 for dashing into a burning building to save a woman who was trapped on the second floor. He also served with the Marines in Iraq as a lance corporal. He has been on the police department for four years.
At least five women have accused Hays of assaulting them while they were being searched, Lansdowne said.
One of the incidents allegedly occurred during a domestic violence call. Others involved a shoplifting suspect, a homeless woman and a woman interviewed during a street patrol.