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Monday, Aug 26 2013 02:51 PM

Deputy accused of sexually assaulting two Tehachapi women back in court

A Kern County Sheriff's deputy accused of touching two young Tehachapi women inappropriately was back in Kern County Superior Court on Monday.

Deputy Gabriel Lopez, 26, appeared in a Bakersfield courtroom on Aug. 26, for a preliminary hearing on charges of sexual battery against two separate women in back-to-back days in March 2013.

Lopez allegedly improperly touched an 18-year-old woman on March 26, at her Tehachapi home while on duty and responding to a call of a peace disturbance. He reportedly told the woman he needed to search her for weapons and drugs.

The deputy was first accused of sexually assaulting a 21-year-old Tehachapi woman during a burglary investigation March 25.

A status conference was scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 15.


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