Kern County Sheriff's Deputy Gabriel Lopez faces charges, accused of groping a victim while on duty

TEHACHAPI - A Kern County Sheriff's deputy accused of groping two women while on duty is scheduled to face several charges Friday.

Gabriel Lopez, 26, is accused for improperly touching a Tehachapi woman after he responded to a report of a break-in in 2013.

He told the woman he needed to search her. He went back to her home and strip searched the victim, prosecutors said.

The 18-year-old woman later came forward saying Lopez inappropriately touched her during a call at her house.

Lopez faces several charges including assault by a public officer and false imprisonment.

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