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Star-News: Adams County Sued Over Allegation of Forced Sex From Sheriff Sergeant

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A federal lawsuit accuses a former Adams County sheriff's sergeant with sexually assaulting a Caldwell woman in a patrol car.

This morning's McCall Star-News reports the alleged victim filed her suit in U.S. District Court in Boise, alleging former Sgt. Brian Yoakum "coerced her into having sex in order to avoid arrest for drunken driving" in March 2014. The woman is seeking unspecified damages. The Adams County Sheriff's Office confirmed Yoakum worked for the department from 2009  to October 2014, when he resigned. In addition to Yoakum, the woman is also suing Adams County Sheriff Ryan Zollman and Adams County for what she says was "improper training," allowing the alleged incident to happen. 

Zollman told the Star-News the issue "was taken seriously at the time of the accusation and we dealt with it very quickly," but wouldn't provide further comment.

According to records, Yoakum made contact with a man and woman suspected of drunk driving after they parked in a New Meadows school parking lot on March 31, 2014. A second sheriff's deputy in a separate patrol car arrested the driver, a male, and left with the suspect, leaving the female passenger at the scene. That's when the woman said Yoakum coerced her into having sexual intercourse.

No court date has bet set yet in the matter, but the Star-News reports that the lawsuit was filed this past March.