CHP officers resign amid sex assault allegation

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Two California Highway Patrol officers accused in an alleged sexual assault have resigned.

The officers, whose names have been withheld, surrendered their positions Friday, Oct. 5, Officer Robert Rodriguez said Thursday.

One officer was accused of sexually assaulting a 21-year-old woman in her bedroom while his partner was in the house. Both officers were on duty during the alleged assault.

The accuser said she was pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving Sept. 14 in north Bakersfield. She said she failed a sobriety test, but the officers reportedly told her they wouldn't arrest her if they could follow her home to ensure she didn't crash.

The woman's attorney, Cleve McKnight, told Eyewitness News last month that, "There was no consent at all," in the sexual activity, which he claimed could be proved through DNA evidence in a used condom left at his client's east Bakersfield home.

CHP spokesman Rodriguez said he wasn't authorized to comment further on the officers' resignations. The CHP also wouldn't release an official statement on the resignations, he said.

Art Norris, a prosecutor with the Kern County District Attorney's office, said Thursday that they need to receive the case from the sheriff's office, which is handling the criminal investigation, before considering possible charges. He didn't know when the sheriff's office would hand over the case.