October 21, 2014
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - A Bakersfield police officer is on paid leave while the department investigates allegations he attempted to extort sex from a theft victim by withholding her recovered property.
Officer Patrick Lefler was arrested on several charges, including suspicion of possession of stolen property. The Bakersfield Californian reports that Lefler has been with the department since 2009.
The victim reported to the Kern County Sheriff's Department in June that items had been stolen from her car. A deputy later recovered the items and Lefler is reported to have taken the property for the purpose of returning it.
Police said investigators discovered that Lefler had written sexually suggestive text messages to the woman and told her he wanted to meet her with the property and have sex with her.
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