COLUMBUS, Ohio — A state trooper accused of forcing female motorists into sexual acts in exchange for dropping traffic charges used Craigslist to offer “traffic stop sex,” according to records released Monday that highlight the women’s fear of reporting him.
Trooper Bryan Lee also sent multiple Facebook messages to a female passenger he photographed without her shirt on, including one that let her know he’d been keeping an eye on her, a detail included in hundreds of pages of records the Ohio State Highway Patrol released in response to media requests.
The records include the dashboard camera recording that launched the patrol’s investigation in October 2013. Lee subsequently resigned ahead of being fired and was prosecuted.
In the video, Lee can be heard flirting with a female driver and the passenger he later photographed.
At one point, after the passenger told him the name of the bar where she’d been that night, he said he’d been there the week before and she wouldn’t have needed a ride home “if I would have saw you.”
After determining the driver wasn’t drunk, Lee let her leave but kept the passenger in his cruiser. He drove to a street by her house, told her his camera was shut off, made comments about her legs and breasts, then reminded her he could still give the driver of the car a ticket, the records show.
When the passenger asked Lee what he wanted, “he said he wanted to take a picture with his hand on her chest,” according to a patrol summary of the case.
Lee later sent the passenger multiple Facebook messages, including one in which he said he’d seen her at a fair and identified what she was wearing.
“That’s really creepy,” the passenger told the FBI. “If you’re a professional and you’re a cop, I feel like that’s way out of line.”
As the investigation continued, the patrol found two postings Lee made on Craigslist.
“I am in Law Enforcement so if the idea of traffic stop sex sounds good let me know,” one posting said.
Lee, 31, was sentenced to five years in federal prison in April for violating the women’s civil rights. He pleaded guilty to four counts of violating the civil rights of female motorists and one count of cyberstalking involving threatening messages sent to the passenger.
Leading off, I’m going to preface my argument by saying that this dude is a total scumbag. As an officer of the law your job is to protect and serve, not prey on chicks because you can’t get laid without that badge, so this dude definitely deserves whatever is coming his way. Now that that’s out of the way let me say this. That cop was just thinking what every other cop in the history of mankind has thought about at one point or another. I’m sure that every police officer that has ever had to roast in a hot black and white all day probably thinks about traffic stop sex about 85% of the time because all we do as dudes is just sit around and think about sex about 85% of the time. It’s only natural. That’s just who we are. Like when you were younger and you had a hot teacher. We all saw those pornos where the teacher makes the student stay after class, so you probably just sat there all day and thought about what it would be like to have a roll in the hay with the hot young thing that was leading the class. Not like you’d ever act on that because a.) Like me, you’re too much of a pussy , or b.) Like me, you don’t have the sexual competency to pull off a stunt like that, but nonetheless the thought was still there. So I guess I can’t really fault this cop for thinking what everyone else was probably thinking as well. Should he have acted on that? Hell no. As a cop, you’re held to a higher standard than the rest of us and you’re expected to live up to that standard, especially in today’s day and age where police behavior is so closely scrutinized. Plus I’ve seen True Detective Season 2 and I know that hooking up during a traffic stop is the fastest way to get put on administrative leave where you’re forced to do off the record investigations that leave you dead in an alleyway while your friends all make a run for Venezuela.