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Tulare County will pay millions to sexual assault victims

FILE - This file photo provided by the Tulare County District Attorney shows William Nulick.

$2.2 million, that's the amount Tulare County will pay out to five women who were sexually assaulted by a former sheriff's deputy.

Attorney's representing the victims says the settlement was agreed to, in closed session at Tuesday's Tulare County's Board of Supervisors meeting.

The women sued Tulare County and it's sheriff's department, claiming they were pulled over and forced to perform sexual favors at the hands of a tulare county sheriff's deputy.

Back in 2014, deputy William Nulick was arrested after video surveillance and G.P.S. tracking proved the women were telling the truth.

Prosecutors said the deputy would stop women in rural areas, and then force the women to perform oral sex.

Now, attorney's representing the victims say, one woman will receive more $1 million and the other women will each get multiple 6 figure settlements.

Attorney Brian Kabateck says, "I don't think we will ever know the true number of victims. Women have been afraid to come forward. We've talked to other people and people are afraid to talk about it. This is at least this chapter behind for these ladies."

I tried to get a comment from Tulare County Board of Supervisors.

Board representative and public information officer Carrie Crane emailed Fox26 News this statement Tuesday evening.

Crane says, "I'm afraid I do not have any new information to share. The board of supervisors did discuss the matter in closed session today, however there is no report or announcements at this time."

Meanwhile the former deputy was sentenced to five years in prison.

Right now, Nulick 45-years-old.

When he gets out, he'll have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

It's unclear what affect this $2.2 million settlement will have on county services.

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