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Woman claims officer committed sex offenses against her

Readers in Baton Rouge may be interested in this story released on Jan. 20. According to the news, a Sorrento police chief has been accused of sexual assault; she allegedly claims that the man had fed her vodka and forced her to give him oral sex during a four-hour time span. She claims that she was handcuffed in his office during the alleged sexual assault.

The Ascension Parish sheriff has claimed that his office has been investigating the claims against the Sorrento police chief; however, the man was careful about not calling it a criminal investigation; he has not been found guilty of any crimes. According to the news, the woman has launched a civil rights lawsuit against him in the U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge. The alleged assault took place on Nov. 1, according to her records.

The lawsuit reports that the incident took place when the officer reported to a 911 call claiming the woman was drunk and non-responsive at a grocery store in Sorrento. She claims that although he said he could barely find her pulse, he gave her more alcohol and propositioned her for oral sex. According to the woman's attorney, she is an alcoholic but has been seeking and undergoing treatment.

Cases like these are difficult, because although the accusation has to be taken seriously, the person making the accusation isn't always in the best mind frame or state of health. If you've been accused by someone who is claiming you committed sexual offenses against him or her, you can protect yourself. Speaking with an attorney may help you understand your rights.

Source: The Advocate, "Wiley’s office reviewing sexual assault allegations" David J. Mitchell, Jan. 19, 2014

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