MIAMI (CN) - A Florida woman claims in court that a St. Lucie County sheriff's deputy threatened to arrest her without probably cause if she did not perform oral sex on him.
In a federal complaint filed in Miami on Nov. 1, the plaintiff identified as Kelly Doe says that shortly after midnight on Jan. 24, 2017, she was riding her bicycle to a friend’s house where she was planning to stay the night.
Doe, who was 31 years old at the time, claims that just as she was arriving to her friend’s house, defendant deputy Evan Cramer flashed his headlights and ordered her to approach his vehicle.
Doe says the deputy searched her, and then asked if she had any outstanding warrants without cause.
She says when the deputy found out she wasn't carrying any identification, he responded by asking, "How are we going to take care of this?”
“When Ms. Doe did not respond, defendant Cramer told her that he would let her go and not arrest her, if she would perform oral sex on him,” the complaint says.
Doe claims Cramer ordered her into the backseat of his vehicle and drove her to a vacant lot where he forced her to perform oral sex.
Doe claims that after the assault, Cramer asked her if she would consider working as a police informant, but she refused.
She says after the deputy drove her back to her friend's house and left her there, she was afraid to report the incident because she could see that he was continuing to circle the block and did so for several hours.
Doe says she did go to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce, Fla. later that day, and underwent a rape test.
“DNA evidence from the semen on Ms. Doe’s clothing and body obtained though the rape kit was later confirmed to match the DNA of defendant Cramer,” the complaint says.
Cramer was arrested on a charge of sexual assault in January 2017, and is now in custody awaiting a trial on the charges.
At a news conferencing announcing the deputy's arrest, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara =said he feared there may be more victims.
“From the comments Cramer made to the victim, we feel it was possible that this is not his first time,” Mascara said.
Prosecutors later identified a second victim, and in June, they've identified a third.
According to a new charging document filed by the state on June 30, the third victim came forward about an incident that took place in December 2016.
According to Doe's complaint, Cramer was previously employed by the Sanford Police Department in Florida, and had been recommended for termination due to improper conduct and abuse of authority.
Upon learning of his pending termination, Cramer resigned, and applied to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, which hired him on May 2, 2016, the complaint says.
Doe seeks compensatory damages on claims of false imprisonment, sexual assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence.
She is represented by Kenneth Miller from Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Bryan Beaty, a spokesman for the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, said he could not comment on pending litigation.
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