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.
Full story: WLTX Columbia
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