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Woman accuses deputy of traffic stop rape

Posted: April 1, 2013 - 2:38pm

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A woman being cited for traffic violations early Sunday accused the deputy who stopped her of rape.

The woman said she was raped by a deputy in the front yard of a Martinez home during a traffic stop. The deputy taking her complaint told the woman that making a false report of a crime was a felony, but she wanted to file the report anyway, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Two deputies responded to Miramar Drive at about 2:10 a.m. after complaints of a gray or light blue car from which someone was throwing eggs at homes and cars. The deputies stopped the gray BMW the woman was driving. During the stop, the deputy cited the woman for driving on a suspended license, no insurance and suspended registration, according to the report. Deputies also found various narcotics on the woman and her passenger.

As the woman was being arrested, she broke free and ran. After a short foot chase, the deputy tackled the woman in the front yard of a nearby home. As the two deputies tried to handcuff her, the woman continued thrashing, pulling on their microphone cords and grabbing at their ammunition magazines, according to the report.

The woman then asked to talk to a supervisor because, she said, one of the deputies raped her. The other deputy gave a written statement that the woman ran, the deputy tackled her and he didn’t see the deputy touch the woman inappropriately.

The woman’s passenger, who watched from the nearby car, also told authorities that he didn’t see the woman get raped.

The deputy taking the woman’s complaint at the hospital, where a rape test was performed, determined that the deputy took no inappropriate action. The entire incident from when the woman ran from deputies until she was handcuffed took only 30-45 seconds.

The case is still under investigation and no charges have been filed.

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