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SOPHIA (WVVA) - A local police department is being accused of civil rights violations -- again.

Officer John Phillip Stevens II, with the Sophia Police Department, is accused of forcing a suspect to perform sexual favors in exchange for lessening her charges.

32-year-old Erica Polk of Sophia is suing Stevens and the town of Sophia for assault and battery, reckless infliction of emotional distress and negligent supervision.

The case is headed to U.S. District Court.

This case comes nearly four months after the town agreed to settle a case another police officer filed against the town alleging a racially-charged, hostile work environment. 

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