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KCSO: Deputy accused of sexually assaulting 21-year-old woman in patrol car 'no longer with department'

Kern County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Patrol Car (FILE)
Posted at 4:41 PM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 21:16:51-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County Sheriff's Office has confirmed with 23ABC News that Michael Clark is no longer with the department following charges on sexual battery, false imprisonment, kidnapping, and assault by an officer.

According to court documents, the former deputy, who was assigned to the Rosamond substation offered a 21-year-old woman a ride home from work in his patrol car on August 24.

Documents detailed that the woman said she accepted the ride because Clark was a sheriff. During that ride home Clark reportedly forced himself on the woman.

Prior to the alleged assault, Clark was dispatched to the Albertsons -- where the woman works, for a fight that happened in the parking lot. She told officials that was the first encounter between her and Clark. Following the call, the victim reportedly spoke to Clark before her shift ended.

23ABC also confirmed that two additional staff members are still on administrative leave following the sexual assault allegations against Clark. There are still no details of their involvement in this case.