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Friday, January 21, 2022

Former GPD officer avoids sexual battery charges

A former Gainesville Police officer will not be charged with sexual battery after a woman claimed he intimidated her into having sex with him.

The state attorney found insufficient evidence to support a sexual battery allegation against ex-officer John Robert Bostick, said Spencer Mann, State Attorney's Office spokesman.

Bostick, 34, resigned from GPD in May following the allegations.

The State Attorney's Office is reviewing other evidence and may decide to bring official misconduct charges against Bostick, Mann said.

"It's still in the homework phase," he said.

GPD first received a complaint May 7 when a woman wrote in a "victim statement" that Bostick was making her have sex with him to keep him from "messing with" her family, according to the police report.

He also allowed her to keep driving with a suspended driver's license, it stated.

The woman, who said she met Bostick at a downtown nightclub where she works, told police she had sex with him against her wishes because Bostick had threatened her.

She video-recorded the sexual encounter at her house and also recorded telephone conversations.

A GPD internal investigation found Bostick also shared confidential police information with the woman.

When the woman told Bostick about her father's arrest, Bostick responded that if he was the officer who had arrested her father, who was found with drugs, he would have "thrown the drugs in the bushes or the woods," the report stated.

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