Kern deputy makes $5 million claim against county, alleges sexual assault

The allegations date back over the past decade.

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. 
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