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Officer tried to withhold woman's property for sex, police say

A Bakersfield police officer has been arrested on suspicion of trying to ransom a woman's property, including her driver's license, in return for sex.

The woman reported the items stolen in June. Authorities believe Officer Patrick Lefler took the items sometime in July after they were recovered by another police officer, as reported by the Bakersfield Californian.

Investigators found that Lefler then sent the woman several suggestive text messages and told her that he was keeping the items so they could meet in person to have sex.

The woman reported the incident to Bakersfield police and Lefler was arrested.

Lefler, who has been with the department for about three years, has been placed on paid leave, according to the Associated Press.


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