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Docs: Kern County Sheriff's Office Deputy admitted to sexually assaulting 21-year-old woman

Deputy Michael Clark admitted in text messages that he touched a 21-year-old woman's breast and had her touch his penis without her consent.
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Posted at 12:58 PM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 19:33:35-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Deputy Michael Clark admitted in text messages that he touched a 21-year-old woman's breast and had her touch his penis without her consent, according to court documents obtained by 23ABC.

The documents stated that the KCSO deputy who has been charged with sexual battery and assault, picked up the woman in his patrol car while she walking home from work in Rosamond on Aug. 24.

According to an official's statement, once they got to her home, Clark forced himself on her and began kissing her. 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, started touching her right breast and her vaginal area "above her clothes."

During the victim's interview, officials had her send a text to Clark asking him why he "did what he did". During the text conversation, Clark reportedly admitted to the victim's accusations and and told her "he knows it was wrong and that he violated her without her consent."

Clark has since been put on administrative leave and charged with sexual battery and assault.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office also confirmed that two additional staff members were put on administrative leave following the sexual assault allegations against Deputy Michael Clark. Officials did not release details on the other two staff members that are on leave or their involvement in the investigation.