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.

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