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Kern County Sheriff's Office deputy arrested for sexual assault

Posted: 2:54 PM, Oct 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-18 18:43:24-04

According to the Kern County Sheriff's Office "detectives with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office received information a 21-year-old female resident of Rosamond was sexually assaulted by Kern County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Clark. The victim reported the assault took place inside Deputy Clark’s patrol vehicle while Deputy Clark was on duty. "

The victim reported that the incident took place on August 24, 2019 at around 7 p.m. as she was walking to her home. Deputy Clark offered the victim a ride home and she accepted, sitting in the passenger seat of Clark's car. When they arrived at her residence, the deputy "forced" himself on the victim. She said "the assault lasted approximately 20 minutes" before Clark eventually allowed her to exit his car.

Clark then began messaging the victim on social media and on several occasions showed up at her place of business and "asked her if she wanted to hang out and/or go out for drinks."

Prior to the incident, the victim had no previous interactions with Clark.

Detectives received the information from the victim on Thursday, October 17, 2019 and Deputy Clark was arrested by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office and charged with False Imprisonment, Kidnapping, Assault Under the Color of Authority and two counts of Sexual Battery.

This is a developing story. More information as it becomes available.