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Former KCSO deputy pleaded not guilty to new sexual assault charges

Posted at 6:14 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 12:08:40-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The former Kern County Sheriff deputy, accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his patrol car in August 2019, pleaded not guilty to new sexual assault charges.

According to court documents obtained by 23ABC, two more women have come forward alleging Michael Clark sexually harassed and assaulted them.

One woman, according to the documents, alleged that in April 2019 Clark responded for a service call to her residence and made attempts to start a sexual relationship with her, even after she stated she was not interested. The woman claims she observed Clark parked outside of her residence on several occasions, the documents said. The woman also claimed Clark sent sexually explicit messages to her.

Another woman made allegations Clark attempted to sexually assault her at her place of work. According to the documents, the woman was on break and taking a nap when Clark entered her place of work. She told officers he laid down next to her and attempted to "cuddle" her. Sheriff’s reports say several employees witnessed the incident.

Clark pleaded not guilty to two counts each of stalking, sexual battery, and assault by a public officer Monday. In addition, he entered a not guilty plea to a charge of touching a person intimately against their will for sexual arousal and making obscene phone calls.

Clark’s bond was set at $175,000. He has since bailed out of jail and will be back in court on April 29.

Clark also faces sexual assault charges stemming from an incident in August 2019.

According to court documents, Clark picked up a woman in his patrol car while she walking home from work in Rosamond on Aug. 24, 2019. Once they got to her home, Clark forced himself on her and began kissing her, the documents said.

The victim reportedly told officials that she went along with it because she felt like she couldn't say no or leave his patrol car. The victim also told officials that after kissing her, Clark undid his pants and put her hand on his penis. She said he started touching her right breast and her vaginal area "above her clothes," according to court documents.

He was originally charged with felony sexual battery, assault by public officer and false imprisonment. He was placed on administrative leave in October 2019.