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Family Files Claim Saying Ventura Police Officer Sexually Assaulted Teen Before His Suicide

Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 5:19pm

Ventura Police say an attorney filed a claim against the city of Ventura, alleging that an officer who killed himself had sexually assaulted a young girl over a five month period in 2011.

Officer Ricky Payne killed himself in October of 2011.

At the time, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department completed an independent investigation which included an interview with a female who was a minor.

In a claim with the city, which is usually a precursor to a lawsuit, the mother of the minor claimed she didn’t discover what occurred until last December.

The claim seeks $10 million dollars in damages from the city. Because there is potential litigation, city officials say they can’t comment on the claim.

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