Orange County sheriff’s investigators are trying to arrange an interview with the daughter of a former “Real Housewives of Orange County” cast member to get more information about her allegation that she was raped by a deputy, a department spokesman said Friday.
A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday on behalf of Alexa Curtin — who made occasional appearances on the Bravo series when her mother Lynne was on the show — said she was pulled over in Dana Point in April 2014 as she was leaving her then-boyfriend’s home.
“At some point that evening, (Curtin) and her then boyfriend got into a verbal argument,” according to the lawsuit. “During this argument, (Curtin) elected to leave and go home.”
A Deputy “Epson” searched her vehicle and “found some of (Curtin’s) underwear and began inappropriately questioning (Curtin) about her underwear, asking if the underwear belonged to her, how many pairs she had, why she needed the underwear, etc.,” the suit says.
The deputy told Curtin “that he had to leave to tend to another more pressing matter,” but instructed her to wait, which she did, according to the lawsuit.
Curtin tried “to go to sleep” as she waited, and the deputy returned about 20 minutes later, the lawsuit says.
“This time he was in his personal vehicle, and out of uniform,” the lawsuit alleges.
The deputy got into her vehicle on the passenger’s side and told her, “Since you are still here, I am going to (expletive) the (expletive) out of you,” the lawsuit alleges.
The deputy allegedly told Curtin to “show me your” genitalia, which she did because she “feared for her own safety,” the lawsuit alleges.
The deputy groped (Curtin’s) vagina and digitally penetrated her while commenting on her anatomy,” then pulled his pants down and ordered her “to straddle him,” the lawsuit alleges.
“While in this position, the deputy had nonconsensual sexual intercourse with plaintiff,” the lawsuit alleges.
After the deputy completed the sex act, he asked Curtin for her cell phone number before leaving “so he could text her and in order to do this again,” according to the lawsuit. “Still afraid, (Curtin) gave the deputy a wrong number.”
Curtin “was violated, traumatized, emotionally drained, in shock, and fearing for her own safety,” the lawsuit states.” Specifically, plaintiff feared that given the deputy’s position, he would find her and harm her again.”
The lawsuit alleges Curtin’s civil rights were violated through unreasonable seizure and denial of due process and she was the victim of abuse of authority. The lawsuit faults the county for alleged poor training and oversight.
Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Mark Stichter said deputies “obviously take allegations of this nature very seriously and we have initiated an investigation.”
The department does not have a deputy named Epson, Stichter said.
“We are currently working through her attorney to arrange an interview (with Curtin),” Stichter said. “Our top priority is the safety of the community.”
–City News Service