VENTURA (CBSLA) – A Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy is out on bail Monday following his arrest for alleged sexual battery against a female inmate.
Deputy Leonard Lopez was arrested Sunday after the alleged victim earlier this month told a jail staff member that he she had been sexually assaulted by a deputy while being housed at the county’s Pre-Trial Detention Facility (PTDF), according to Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Clark.READ MORE: USC To Conduct Zero Waste Game Saturday Evening
After collecting statements and video evidence, investigators later determined Lopez entered the inmate’s cell during the early morning hours of Sept. 6 and touched her “intimate body parts over her clothing”, Clark said.
The victim had been housed in a segregated area of the facility, away from other general population inmates, and Lopez had been assigned to work as a security deputy in that specific area, according to investigators.READ MORE: 4 People Shot At Willowbrook Metro Station, 3 Of Those Critically Injured
Upon learning Lopez was identified as a potential suspect, he was immediately removed from the jail area and later placed on administrative leave.
On Sunday, Lopez was arrested and booked on a felony charge of sexual battery. He was later released on $20,000 bail.MORE NEWS: Thousands Participate In 'More Than Pink' Walk Raising Awareness, Funds In Fight Against Breast Cancer
He is schedule to appear in court on Oct. 8.