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Monday, May 29, 2023

More details emerge about former GPD officer accused of sexual coercion

A woman has claimed that a former Gainesville Police officer coerced and intimidated her into having sex with him.

Gainesville Police received the complaint on May 7, and John Robert Bostick, 34, resigned May 9 from the department at the start of the internal investigation.

The woman wrote in a "victim statement" that Bostick was making her have sex with him to keep him from "messing with" her family and allowing her to drive with an invalid driver's license, according to the police supplement report.

The woman said that Bostick had called her multiple times, though she did not answer the phone.

The woman told police that she met Bostick at a downtown nightclub where she works.

While on patrol, he complimented her on her looks and asked for her personal information, the report stated.

Bostick also shared confidential police information with the woman regarding her father's arrest.

In a separate incident, Bostick told the woman that her friend shouldn't worry about his charges because Bostick forgot to write the citation, according to the report.

The alleged sexual battery occurred outside of Gainesville Police jurisdiction, and the Alachua County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

Spencer Mann, State Attorney's Office spokesman, said the attorney's office is still deciding whether Bostick could be prosecuted for a sexual battery charge.

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