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California jail guard charged with having sex with inmates

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Northern California deputy has been charged with having sex with two jail inmates under his watch.

The Contra Costa County district attorney’s office announced Friday that Patrick Morseman was charged with four counts of unlawful sexual activity with two female inmates in the Richmond jail, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of San Francisco.

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According to court documents, Morseman, 27, allegedly entered a cell the women shared in late March and convinced them to engage in sexual acts with him.

The Associated Press doesn’t identify victims of cases involving sex crimes.

The sheriff’s deputy was arrested April 4 and has since posted $100,000 bail. The department has placed him on administrative leave.

The Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, the union that represents Moreseman, didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

A lawyer representing the two women said they are disappointed prosecutors didn’t charge with Morseman with rape.

Prosecutors said the evidence collected so far doesn’t support rape charges, but those counts could be added if the investigation turns up more information.

Lawyer Neama Rahmani said the women dispute claims that the alleged sexual encounter was consensual. Rahmani said he has filed a legal claim with the county. He said the women will file lawsuits if the claim is rejected.

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