Deputy charged in sex assault

A Ventura County sheriff’s deputy was in court this week to answer charges that he forced himself on a female inmate who was awaiting trial.
Leonard Lopez, 48, a 20-year veteran of the department, was arrested Sept. 22 on suspicion of sexual battery and subsequently placed on paid administrative leave.
According to a statement from the sheriff’s office, Lopez entered the victim’s cell inside the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura in the early morning hours of Sept. 6 and touched “intimate b...

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