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Legal claim filed against Kern Co. deputy accused of sexual battery

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Deputy Gabriel Lopez is charged in court April 22, 2013, in Bakersfield, Calif., for alleged sexual battery.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Lawyers have filed a claim on behalf of a Tehachapi woman who accused a Kern County deputy of sexually assaulting her twice on one night in March.

Deputy Gabriel Lopez, 26, is accused of sexual battery against two separate women on back-to-back days last month - a 21-year-old woman and an 18-year-old woman, both in Tehachapi. He has already been arrested and charged in criminal court.

The legal claim, announced Thursday by Chain Cohn Stiles law firm, is on behalf of the 21-year-old woman.

Lopez allegedly sexually assaulted the Chain Cohn Stiles client during an investigation March 25, during which deputies found a burglary suspect in the woman's company.

Lopez is accused of detaining the woman while another deputy was in another room of the house, and Lopez allegedly sexually assaulted her there.

Lopez is accused of returning that night, after the investigation ended, and he allegedly sexually assaulted the woman again. That time, Lopez allegedly made the woman remove all of her clothing while he touched her.

The civil rights claim seeks damages for the injuries sustained by the woman, including "physical, mental and emotional distress, pain, shock, agony, suffering, trauma, as well as deprivation of her civil rights and freedoms, including loss of liberty and false imprisonment," according to her attorneys.