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Ex-Modesto cop accused of sexually assaulting woman while on duty

March 16, 2012 |  8:37 am

 A former Modesto police officer was arrested Thursday after being criminally indicted on charges that he sexually assaulted a woman while in uniform, police said.

Lee Freddie Gaines II, a five-year veteran of the Modesto Police Department, is being held on several felony charges, including oral copulation by force, violence, duress or fear of bodily injury, being armed with a firearm in the commission of a sexual offense and a felony sex offense enhancement, according to police.

Police said the alleged incident is said to have occurred Jan. 5. Modesto police said Gaines was stripped of his law enforcement power immediately after an Internal Affairs investigation.

"Those who are sworn to enforce the law have a special obligation to obey it. I'm disappointed and disgusted at this former officer's conduct. His actions were abhorrent and not representative of the dedicated staff who work tirelessly to serve the community," Modesto Police Chief Michael Harden said in a news release.

In an interview with the Modesto Bee, the woman, a massage therapist who advertises her services on a website, said she received a "call for service" at the motel where she had been working. When the man arrived, he identified himself as a police officer and told her she was being arrested for solicitation, the article said.

When she told him she wasn't soliciting, he handcuffed her, forced her to her knees and assaulted her, according to the article.

"I want people to know what this cop is doing," she told the Bee. "I want them to know who he is, what his face is like, that he used his badge and his uniform to sexually assault a female. "

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-- Fox 40 Sacramento

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