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Ohio State Trooper Who Coerced Female Victims With Sex During Traffic Stop Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison

April 12, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Ohio State Trooper Who Coerced Female Victims With Sex During Traffic Stop Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison Former OSP officer Bryan D. Lee sentenced to 5 years in prison

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A federal judge in Columbus sentenced a former Ohio State Highway Patrol Officer to 5 years in federal prison on Wednesday. The FBI charged officer Bryan D.Lee, 31 with coercing four female victims to engage in sexual acts in exchange for lenient treatment in connection with potential criminal cases and traffic tickets.

Lee pleaded guilty back in October 2014 to five counts including violating the civil rights of female motorists and engaging in cyber stalking. Lee served as a Highway Trooper from 2006 to 2013.

As part of the plea agreement, Lee admitted to using his official capacity to violate the civil rights of four female victims by coercing them to commit sexual acts, some which he photographed. The sexual coercion was in exchange not filing criminal charges or issuing traffic infractions against the victims or their friends.

The Highway Patrol said they uncovered Lee’s actions after a routine check of cruiser dashcams, which Lee turned off his body mic during a routine traffic stop.

In addition, Lee also admitted to engaging in sexual activity with some of the victims while they were placed under arrest and in handcuffs. The disgraced officer stalked and threatened some of the victims, including sending threatening text messages to one victim who he stopped twice during a one-month period.

U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson of the Southern District of Ohio had some choice words for Lee as he imposed the sentence. “These are despicable and reprehensible crimes committed by someone with a badge against young female victims who were powerless to defend themselves,” said Watson.

None of the women were present in the courtroom. Watson then ordered Lee to address his wife, who sat behind him alongside the rest of his family members.

“I’m sorry for the pain I’ve caused you with this ordeal,” Lee said quietly, who then faced the judge and issued an apology to the victims.
“I just want to apologize to the victims, to my family and to the patrol, which I discredited with my actions,” Lee said.

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