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.