Video surveillance images from a store apparently helped investigators link a Tulare County sheriff's deputy to an incident in which he pulled over a woman and allegedly bullied her into giving him oral sex.
Deputy William "Billy" Nulick, 42, of Clovis, was arrested Monday on suspicion of oral copulation under color of authority, oral copulation and kidnapping.
Investigators collected statements, video surveillance images and GPS technology records corroborating the victim's account, a sheriff's department statement said.
The video surveillance tape came from the Monson Market on Monson Drive, according to store owner Madram Shuaibi, who said he was called to the store Sunday by an employee after sheriff's investigators arrived.
"They said they were looking for somebody," Shuaibi said.
It was only after hearing news reports that he realized why they had come to the store, he said.
Nulick, a Tulare County deputy for about two years, is being held at the Kings County Jail instead of the Tulare County Jail for his safety, officials said. He was being held on $100,000 bail.
The Tulare County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday that the case had yet to be submitted to prosecutors, but charges could be filed today.
If convicted, Nulick faces prison time and would have to register as a sex offender.
The sheriff's department is not aware of other allegations involving Nulick but "would want any incidents of misconduct reported," Sgt. Chris Douglass said.
The case started late Saturday when the Visalia CHP told the sheriff's department that a woman had accused a sheriff's deputy, name unknown, of sexual assault from an incident a day earlier.
The woman told the CHP she'd been stopped by a uniformed deputy driving a squad car about noon Friday on Avenue 384 -- a rural east-west road in northern Tulare County -- at Monson Road, which leads to the tiny community of Monson.
The deputy asked for her license and she told him she didn't have one, the sheriff's department said
He told her that he'd let her go in exchange for oral sex, but she refused. He said to follow him to a nearby location and she complied.
That's where the alleged sexual assault took place, although the exact location was not made public.
The woman's age and hometown are not being released while the investigation continues, Douglass said.
After getting the CHP call, the department launched its own investigation and learned that Nulick, assigned to the Cutler-Orosi substation, was working the area at the time.
Nulick, a 2008 graduate of the Fresno City College Police Academy, has been placed on administrative leave.
According to Fresno County Superior Court records, he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of fighting in public in 1998 and was fined $150.
A judge also found him guilty of misdemeanor night skiing and fined him $50.
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