Marysville Police Chief Resigns Amid Sexual Assault Claims
The Chief of Marysville’s police department resigned abruptly Thursday amid claims of sexual assault made by a former police cadet. Aaron Easton, it has been revealed, is under investigation by both the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office and the Yuba County District Attorney’s Office for allegedly forcing the woman to perform oral sex in the back of his patrol car while she was attending the Yuba County Police Academy in 2008.
The woman claims Easton tried to get her perform other sex acts during the encounter, but that she refused. Shortly after, she was dropped from the academy. The former cadet says the incident ruined her life.
The allegations were first made last year while the accuser was being held as an inmate at the Sacramento County Jail. Eerily, some of the details of her accusations were revealed as part of an ongoing investigation into the death of Easton’s wife.
It has been more than two years since Sara Easton died, but a cause of death has yet to be determined. That investigation has been turned over to the state Department of Justice which refuses to comment on the probe.
Easton has denied the sexual assault charges against him. Marysville Police Lieutenant Christian Sachs has been appointed to the interim position.