Kern County faces a $5 million claim alleging sexual assault and harassment by members of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.
The big picture: Bakersfield resident Carly Snow filed tha $5 million claim against the county, which includes allegations of forcible sex on the hood of a patrol car, rape in a sheriff’s department conference room, a home invasion for purposes of sexual persuasion and many unwanted advances and lewd comments by Sherrif’s Office employees.
- She also alleges retaliation from over a dozen employees over the past decade.
- The Bakersfield Police Department has referred the case to the Kern County District Attorney’s Office.
Driving the news: Snow, 32, has been a sheriff’s deputy for 11 years and has been on paid administrative leave since April, when she filed her first harassment complaint.
- She claims that in 2018 sheriff’s sergeant Stephen Wells, who she was in a relationship with, had recently ended before he barged into her house and tried to force her to have sex.
- Snow also claims that Sheriff’s Office employee Enrique Plaza assaulted her on the hood of her patrol car and sexually assaulted her in a conference room in 2014.