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Woman from Ute Tribe sues sheriff's department over traffic stop

A female member of the Ute Tribe of Utah is suing the Duchesne County Sheriff's Office over a traffic stop last September.

Veronica Wopsock was pulled over for speeding. In the lawsuit, she says deputy Derek Dalton took "indecent sexual liberties" with her in front of her children.

"These are obviously serious allegations and ones that we don't file lightly," Preston Stieff, Wopsock's attorney, told The Deseret News.

Tribal leaders have raised concerns about police harassment by sheriff's deputies in two counties. But the Duchesne sheriff said he didn't hear about Wopsock's complaint until she filed a lawsuit in federal court.

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