Former Trooper Pleads Guilty to Forci...

Former Trooper Pleads Guilty to Forcing Woman to Have Sex in Pa...

There are 66 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from Sep 11, 2007, titled Former Trooper Pleads Guilty to Forcing Woman to Have Sex in Pa.... In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

A former South Carolina trooper has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to forcing a woman to have sex with him in his patrol car in 2002.

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Guy, AR

#74 Sep 12, 2007
When was all that information in the news...I followed this and never heard all of that..
Remember wrote:
When all of this first hit the news it was reported that the officer had a prior relationship with this woman. When he stopped her they went somewhere and had sex in exchange for him not charging her. When her father found out he reported it. The Kidnapping charge was based on the fact that her movements were restricted by the officer under color of law and that her movements were restricted for unlawful reasons. She wasn't taken by force or gunpoint but went of her own free will due to fear of repercussions (jail). The Criminal Sexual Conduct (rape) was also based on the fear of repercussions. If you don't do this you will go to jail.This wasn't a case of a someone being beaten and then raped.
Will all of that being said the officer was wrong the punishment was way too light and the smear on the valiant officers that do this job the right way, everyday, will be hard to remove. I think if you had put 12 good Troopers on this guys jury that the would have convicted him on all counts and would have hoped that he got the maximum penalty for what he did.
Nobody despises a dirty cop more than a good cop does.

Chardon, OH

#75 Sep 12, 2007
You can be convicted of misconduct in office even if you didn't commit a crime on duty. Even if he did not commit a crime he did violate his oath of office. In this case the officer accepted "favors" in exchange for not doing his job.If the sex was consenual in order to avoid the ticket the officer committed Misconduct in Office. If the sex was coerced or forced then Rape occured. Without her testimony or Physical Evidence of forcible rape then there is no way to prove that it wasn't consensual.

Ridgeway, SC

#76 Sep 12, 2007

Ridgeway, SC

#77 Sep 12, 2007

Lexington, SC

#78 Sep 12, 2007
InTheKnow wrote:
Just to reiterate, I do not condone what he did. But telling a woman that if she has sex with you and you won't charge her with driving under suspension is a whole lot different than forcefully raping someone. While his actions were disgusting, forcefully raping a woman is vile and evil. She had a choice, she could have said no just take me to jail. A rape victim is not given a choice.
Believe what you want just not always what you read from one story. I've said enough and I'll just be beating a dead horse if I say anymore, so I'll leave y'all to your opinions, just make sure they are educated opinions.
A fine line there. As a person in uniform he has power that a normal person does not have.
Most rapists have some type of weapon during their crime. His was his authority.

Now if he pulled her over and knew it was her and then she offered sex to get out of ticket and he accepted then yes it is misconduct for him to accept.
If he pulled her over and knew it was her and he offered sex and she said yes then it is the same.
If he pulled her over to force her into a situation like this (using his badge in a threatening manner) then I believe it could be rape. Given his authority.

The only thing is proving the situation. I think all SCHP have cameras now. It should have showed something. Where is the footage of the pullover? If it is not required on each stop then it should be.
In the Know

Stafford, VA

#79 Sep 14, 2007
First of all, this is EXACTLY like the Duke Lacrosse case in that there is a ridiculous rush to judgement...I know FACTS in this case and i'll fill all of you in on some...The girl WAS charged (with a citation) with Driving Under Suspension. There was no deal made at all for sex. The sex was known to be totally consensual and between two adults. He pleaded guilty to having sex on duty, NOT to forcing her to do anything. The major charges were dropped because everyone involved knew she was lying, virtually from the start. His preliminary hearing was a farce 5 years ago because she couldn't take listening to his testimony because of how detailed, direct and factual it was compared to hers. He made a personal and professional mistake and lost his career due to it. She was immature and ruined him with lies, then was not woman enough to come to court and stop the madness. He was fired for sex in the car, not for any crimes. He lost his career and understands his mistake. This guy moved on and re-entered the military and has fought in Iraq twice since then. What more can he do? He lost a career and there is one small detail that gets lost in all of this: he was TRUTHFUL with SLED and the Patrol from the very start when he KNEW that he would be fired. He is human and is an honest man who was upfront where she was an outright liar out to ruin him to cover herself in front of her family and friends. I honestly hope that she can live with herself. That situation was as consensual as humanly possible. I know because I know details that the public doesn't know.

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