SLO police officer accused of forcing sex on informant
March 7, 2014
Former San Luis Obispo police officer Cory Pierce allegedly forced an informant to have sex with him, according to a civil rights lawsuit recently filed in federal court.
In February, FBI agents arrested Pierce after an undercover investigation revealed the officer stole drugs from the evidence locker, held guns on his victims while stealing drugs under the color of authority and then manipulated others to sell the drugs. In December, a judge sentenced Pierce to 18 months in federal prison.
According to the lawsuit, Pierce manipulated Kip Holland and girlfriend April Stewart (listed in the lawsuit as Jane Roe) into selling or trading drugs for the officer which they did on about 80 occasions.
Stewart contends Pierce forced her to have sexual intercourse and into an act of oral copulation, according to the suit filed against the city and the county in which Pierce was a member of the narcotics task force.
Stewart, 47, is currently being held in the San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of burglary, grand theft and receiving stolen property. She is being kept in isolation for her own protection.
According to the federal attorney’s office in Los Angeles, Pierce told Holland that he could work off a heroin charge if he cooperated. Pierce would provide the couple placebo pain pills to trade for real pain pills or drugs used for heroin addiction.
After Holland told Pierce the drug dealer he had deceived wanted revenge, Pierce said he would “take care of it,” a federal attorney’s office press release said. The couple eventually took their concerns to law enforcement.
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