Imperial County Sheriff's deputy to be arraigned

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Imperial County Sheriff's deputy to be arraigned

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EL CENTRO, CA (13 On Your Side) - The Imperial County Sheriff's Deputy arrested for forcing a woman to perform oral sex on him went before a judge Friday.

Deputies arrested Stephen Lankford last month after the victim came forward to report the forced sex encounters.

During Friday's evidentiary hearing - the judge also heard from a fellow Sheriff's Deputy to determine if there's enough evidence to take Lankford to trial.

Sheriff's Deputy - Jorge Cabanillas - who investigated the case - told the judge he found semen inside Deputy Stephen Lankford's assigned patrol vehicle - exactly where the victim told him to find it.

Deputy Cabanillas further testified - Lankford forced the victim to expose herself - touch his private parts and perform oral sex on him - all while he was on duty.  

Cabanillas also told the judge - Lankford threatened to arrest the victim for an outstanding arrest warrant if she refused to engage in sex with him. 

"The deputy found a pipe and he showed her the pipe and asked her what she'd want to do about the pipe so he wouldn't take her to jail."

According to the Sheriff's Office - DNA tests conducted from semen found inside Lankford's patrol vehicle matched the deputy - who is now on paid leave.

As for the victim - her attorney tells 13 On Your Side - that she is 'disturbed by the incidents' - but couldn't comment further on the case.