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$32,527 Settlement for Woman Sexually Abused by Work Release Guard

California’s Sacramento County had paid $32,527 to Shantel Franklin, who filed a lawsuit for the sexually abusive acts of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy James Perkins.

Franklin began serving the part of her sentence that required her to work in Sacramento County’s Work Project Program, an alternative work release program, in mid-April 2002. The program was supervised by Perkins.

The incidents at issue occurred in Perkins’ personal headquarters at an office at the California National Guard Armory on Meadowview Road in Sacramento. Perkins had Franklin clean his office.

In the office, he would put his hands down her pants and touch her buttocks. He placed her hand on his erect penis and made her lie on top of him. She was able to resist his demands for oral or vaginal intercourse. He told her about sex parties and other sexual misconduct while on duty, which left Franklin convinced sexual misconduct was tolerated and prevalent within the Sheriff’s Department.

When another Deputy filled in for Perkins, Franklin told him about the dalliances. That started an internal investigation during which Franklin wore a wire to prove her allegation. The matter was settled on January 5, 2004 with a $31,000 cash payment to Franklin, waiver of an $880 fee for the work program and a $647 payment to the Sacramento County Department of Revenue and Recovery on behalf of Franklin. She was represented by Sacramento attorney Stewart Kate. See: Franklin v. County of Sacramento, USDC, E.D. Cal., Case No. civ-5-03-1449.

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