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Lakeport police officer arrested

A Lakeport police officer was arrested Thursday on charges that include misappropriating government funds by allegedly having sex with a teenager and working on his home while being paid to be on duty.

Richard Edward Erickson, 53, also has been charged with stalking, making threats and violating a restraining order in connection with his sexual relations with the woman, now 19.

Erickson was released on $10,000 bail shortly after his Thursday morning arrest on the felony and misdemeanor charges.

"I have no comment," he said when reached on his cell phone late Thursday afternoon.

Erickson has been on administrative leave for the past three months while police investigated his conduct.

According to court records, Erickson, who is married to a Lake County Sheriff's dispatcher, began an affair with the young woman last year when she was 18.

The two knew each other previously because the teen had gone to school with Erickson's son, according to court records.

They began a sexual relationship after a chance encounter at the county fair, according to the documents.

Erickson had sex with the young woman at least 30 times in the past year while on duty, according to court records, leading to the misappropriating government funds charge.

They met in deserted lots near abandoned buildings and the county works yard, according to court records.

They also met when he was off duty, according to records.

Erickson previously had sexual contact with at least one other young woman while on duty, according to court documents.

Erickson also spent time he was supposed to be on duty at his new home, which was under construction, according to court documents.

The charges of stalking and making threats are connected to Erickson's alleged behavior toward the woman, according to court documents.

He allegedly followed her and watched her while she was at work and with friends.

The threat charge stems from a conversation the woman had with Erickson.

In the District Attorney's Office investigative report prepared by criminal investigator John Flynn, Flynn said: "Officer Erickson told (the woman) he would bury her underneath it," referring to a nearby hill, if she told anyone about the relationship.

Based on the woman's statements, a restraining order was filed in June to keep Erickson away from the woman.

He allegedly violated the order by refusing to give up his firearms, a condition of the order, according to court records.

Erickson owns at least six firearms, court records show. The young woman since has dropped the restraining order.

A court date has yet to be set for Erickson.

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