A Tulare County sheriff's deputy accused of forcing a woman to give him oral sex in exchange for not writing her a ticket was charged Wednesday with three felonies.
William "Billy" Nulick, 42, of Clovis, is charged with oral copulation under color of authority; oral copulation by force, fear or duress; and false imprisonment.
Wearing a black-and-white-stripe jail uniform, Nulick did not enter a plea at an arraignment hearing at the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility.
Judge Ronn Couillard said set a hearing for next week to allow time for Nulick to get a lawyer, and set bail at $250,000.
Nulick, , has been a Tulare County deputy sheriff for two years. He is a former Fresno County reserve deputy.
If found guilty, Nulick could be sentenced to eight years in prison and would have to register as a sex offender, Tulare County Assistant District Attorney Anthony Fultz said.
Nulick was also charged with two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery.
Several members of his family attended the hearing and held hands to support each other, but declined requests for an interview.
Nulick came under suspicion over the weekend when a woman reported to the Visalia CHP that she had been pulled over by a deputy about noon Friday near Monson. He asked for her driver's license, but she said she didn't have one.
He said he'd let her go in exchange for oral sex but she refused, the Tulare County Sheriff's Department said. The deputy said to follow him to a nearby location, where the alleged assault took place.
Video surveillance, GPS technology and witness statements corroborated the woman's story, the sheriff's department said.