Woman makes recording of the boss, claims he sexually assaulted her

SAN YSIDRO, Calif. - A local woman said she tried to turn the tables after she claims her boss sexually assaulted her.

Brenda Covarrubias said a man named Gary Bishop, who runs a legal document preparation business in San Ysidro, hired her in mid-November.

"He told me he was an attorney," said Covarrubias.

She said he approached her in the file room a few weeks later.

"He approached me with his body and pushed me against the wall, then grabbed my breasts. He took out one breast and tried to kiss it, but I pushed him away," said Covarrubias.

She said she made it clear the actions were unwanted, but in the next eight days, she claims Bishop molested her two more times.

"One of the times he reached into my shirt and touched me. I was in shock and scared at the same time," said Covarrubias.

She said she was afraid to say anything because the man was her boss and she didn't think anybody would believe her.

Covarrubias is also undocumented, as she was brought to the U.S. as a young child.

"He knows my status. I'm illegal and he thought I was going to be quiet," said Covarrubias.

So she said she took a tape recorder and recorded a conversation with Bishop.

"You touched me and that's just not right. I just don't think it's appropriate," Covarrubias is heard in the audio recording.

"OK. Then, then ... I mean ... I ... I don't know what to say," man's voice is heard responding.

Covarrubias quit her job, filed a police report and a judge granted her a restraining order against Bishop.

Covarrubias said Bishop seemed to become obsessed.

On Friday, she filed a lawsuit, buoyed by knowledge of a federal law preventing deportation proceedings when status is revealed in a sexual assault report.

"There is a reason why there is a law in the first place. Women are afraid to come forward," said Dan Gilleon, Covarrubias' attorney.

Gilleon said he has another woman ready to come forward with a similar story.

Team 10 did some research and discovered there are no attorneys named Gary Bishop with a law license in California.

Team 10 visited Bishop's business in San Ysidro for answers, but he was not there. Team 10 also left messages with Bishop and his attorney, but neither has returned the messages.

In court documents, Bishop claims there was a consensual relationship.

Covarrubias said that's a lie and believes the full recording proves it.

A police investigation is ongoing.

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