Woman suing local police department for alleged sexual assault by officer

Woman suing local police department for alleged sexual assault by officer

MONONGAHELA, Pa. — A woman is suing a local police department because she says she was sexually assaulted by an officer.

She said a Monongahela police officer attacked her while he was on duty in a police car.

According to the lawsuit, the woman met officer Dustin Devault during a traffic stop in 2018.

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The state attorney general charged Devault last November.

The victim said she told him she wanted to become an officer one day, and he said he could help.

She said she met up with him a week later because he promised to help her relative with their drug addiction, but that's when she says he sexually assaulted her.

She said he told her not to tell anyone and that he was best friends with the police chief.

Channel 11 does not normally identify victims of sexual assault, but on Wednesday the woman told us she is speaking out publicly to help others.

“The reason why I’m standing up today is to allow females to feel like they can stand up for themselves and come forward from sexual assault,” said Jesse Cimino.

She said she's now afraid of men and was asked to leave the military because of the impact the assault had on her. She also said she no longer wants to be a police officer because of this.

Her attorneys are seeking damages.

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