ROSAMOND, Calif. (KGET) — A Kern County sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment and sexual battery after a woman reported he offered her a ride home then forced himself on her.
The woman said Deputy Michael Everett Clark sexually assaulted her the evening of Aug. 24 after giving her a ride, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Clark, 31, was arrested while on-duty Friday afternoon and is on administrative leave.
The woman told investigators she was walking home from work when Clark offered her a ride and she got inside his patrol vehicle. When they arrived at her residence, Clark kissed and fondled her for 20 minutes against her will, according to the release.
He also allegedly exposed himself.
The woman said she felt she was not allowed to leave the patrol vehicle, the release said. Clark eventually permitted her to go.
During the next few days, Clark messaged her on social media asking her to meet him, the release says, and he showed up at her job on multiple occasions while on duty to ask if she wanted to “hang out” or go out for drinks.
Someone from the woman’s job contacted the Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, Sheriff Donny Youngblood said. Investigators followed up and found evidence including inappropriate texts, he said.
Clark has been employed with the Sheriff’s Office for 2 1/2 years and been assigned to the Rosamond substation since November 2018.
Anyone with additional information regarding this case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 861-3110 or Secret Witness at 322-4040.