SALT LAKE CITY — Police records show a woman who filed a sexual assault complaint against the former Provo police chief says she was afraid to refuse his advances because of his powerful position.

The report released Thursday shows former Provo Police Chief John King acknowledged having sex with the woman who worked with him on department projects.

Provo’s mayor asked the chief to resign in March over the assault allegations after prosecutors concluded the case did not merit criminal charges.

Messages left Thursday for King were not immediately returned, and a lawyer who represented him during the investigation said he could not comment.

The woman told a detective that King’s flirtations became increasingly forceful over a period of months before he assaulted her several times.

The Salt Lake Tribune first obtained and reported on the records.

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