Couple to collect $250,000 from city

Bakersfield settles suit brought by pair reportedly forced to strip by office

California staff writer

The city of Bakersfield has settled a lawsuit by a couple who claim an off-duty police officer forced them to strip naked after he found them parked near Jenkins Road on Feb. 15, 2003.

City officials have agreed to pay Tarrah Breann Goland $200,000 and James Ryan Roy $50,000 to settle the lawsuit, said City Attorney Ginny Gennaro.

The Bakersfield police officer, Landon Wright, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of false imprisonment and arrest without process or authority in May 2003.

He resigned from the Bakersfield Police Department after the incident.
Prosecutors dropped charges of annoying or molesting a child under 18. Goland was 17 years old at the time. Roy, her boyfriend, was 23.

Goland and Roy, in their lawsuit, claimed that Wright forced them to get out of their car and take off their clothes while he made comments and pointed his flashlight at them.

Gennaro said Wright had a different story than that of Goland and Roy.