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Forced sex claim against ex-deputy settled for $350K

ORANGEBURG (AP) A woman who accused a former South Carolina sheriff’s deputy of forcing her into a sex act has settled a civil lawsuit.

The woman received a $350,000 settlement earlier this year from the South Carolina Insurance Reserve Fund, according to The Times & Democrat of Orangeburg, which obtained details on the settlement through an open records request.

Former Orangeburg County Deputy Dereck Johnson pleaded guilty earlier this month to misconduct in office and is serving probation and community service. Johnson was fired last year after the woman accused him of forcing her to perform oral sex on him, threatening to arrest her boyfriend if she refused.

After the incident, the woman told The Associated Press she feared no one would believe the allegation.

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