Deputy investigating store theft charged with sexual assault

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan sheriff’s deputy has been charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman who was accused of shoplifting on Christmas Eve.

The Genesee County prosecutor says George Zofchak II was sent to a Walmart store to investigate a theft Monday. He’s accused of pulling a woman from her car, handcuffing her and later sexually assaulting her at a motel. The woman’s boyfriend was taken to jail by another officer.

Sheriff Robert Pickell (Pi-KELL’) alleges Zofchak left the woman in the motel room and told her to not say anything.

Zofchak was being held on a $600,000 bond Friday. He was arraigned without a lawyer. A message left at a phone number listed for Zofchak wasn’t immediately returned.

Prosecutor David Leyton says “nobody is above the law, and that especially includes sworn police officers.”

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