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Alabama deputy sentenced to 12.5 years in prison for kidnapping, sexually assaulting woman
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Alabama deputy sentenced to 12.5 years in prison for kidnapping, sexually assaulting woman

A deputy sheriff in Alabama kidnapped and sexually assaulted a woman who feared he would shoot her if she did not do what he said. Now, the deputy has been sentenced 12.5 years in prison, according to the Department of Justice.

Joshua Davidson, 33, pulled the woman over around 8:11 p.m. on January 30, 2020, near B&B Grocers in Selma. The deputy quickly learned that the woman had her license suspended and that the car she was driving belonged to her sister, per the Miami Herald.

Davidson, who was on duty for the Dallas County Sheriff's Office in Alabama, handcuffed the woman and placed her in the back of his vehicle after he questioned her about "residue" in her lap. The woman claimed it was tobacco.

He started to write the woman a traffic ticket, but then he gave the woman two options: perform oral sex on him or go to jail. The woman refused to perform oral sex. The sentencing memo said the woman asked "if he could let her go with a warning because she needed to get home to take care of her young son."

The woman initially believed Davidson was taking her to jail. Instead, he kidnapped the woman and drove her down a dark road to a desolate field, and that is where he reportedly forced her to perform oral sex on him, according to prosecutors.

At the time, the woman believed Davidson had his hand on his firearm, according to the report.

After the sexual assault, Davidson said he would destroy the traffic ticket and told her never to speak of what happened. If she did tell someone, Davidson threatened, he would "come back and find her car and charge her with the same thing down the line," according to the sentencing memo.

Davidson was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison on August 25 for sexually assaulting the woman.

“Today’s sentence sends a clear message that officers who abuse their positions of power to sexually assault women in their custody will face significant prison time for their unlawful actions,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke said in a statement.

The sister of the woman eventually reported the incident to the Dallas County dispatcher. When Davidson was fired by the Dallas County Sheriff's Office, he landed a job in the private sector, according to Davidson's attorney, but no details about the nature of the job were revealed.

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