1.5M Claim Says Probation Chief Assaulted Deputy In Northern California

February 17, 2012

A Northern California probation official been placed on paid leave after one of his deputies filed a $1.5 million claim saying he sexually assaulted her.

Alameda County probation chief David Muhammad says the allegations are false, saying the claim is an attempt to extort money from the county.

The Board of Supervisors met privately on Tuesday and announced afterward that the 38-year-old Muhammad was being placed on paid leave. There was no explanation.

The San Francisco Chronicle said a deputy probation officer filed a claim on Feb. 3 claiming she was sexually assaulted, sexually harassed and held against her will by Muhammad.

The claim, a precursor to a lawsuit, seeks damages for mental distress and anguish.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris’s office is reviewing the case because the Alameda County district attorney recused her agency because of its close ties to Muhammad.

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