Bryan D. Lee, a former Ohio state trooper, was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday for violating the civil rights of female motorists throughout his law enforcement career.
According to Daily News, the 31-year-old man confessed to coercing four women into having sex with him in exchange for dismissing their tickets.
Over the course of his eight-year career, Bryan Lee admittedly had sex with four different women. He also sexually assaulted some of his arrested victims after they were handcuffed. According to the report, Lee offered to not write traffic tickets or file criminal charges against neither the women targeted nor their friends.
Lee also sent threatening messages to one particular woman that he pulled over on two different occasions within the same month. Daily News released the text of the message that Lee wrote to the victim via Facebook.
“Saw you at the fair, Pink Sweatshirt. You not even going to talk to me?”
According to the Dayton Daily News, Bryan Lee asked to take a topless picture of one of the women that he pulled over before having sex with her near an abandoned gas station. Motorists that appeared drunk were allowed by Lee to drive off without being arrested.
An investigation was launched by police after dashcam footage recording multiple stops was thoroughly reviewed. Authorities report that none of the conversations held by Bryan Lee seemed to be work-related, which compelled them to examine the footage closer.
One of Lee’s victims submitted a formal complaint against the former state trooper two years ago.
Daily News reports that Lee allegedly groped the woman’s breasts after turning off his body microphone. He also allegedly rubbed his genitals against the woman after handcuffing her. At the time, the police did not follow through with the woman’s complaint, since they reportedly took Bryan’s side. The report claims that the police also considered filing charges against the complainant for making a false report.
The U.S. Attorney’s office reportedly wanted a 71-month sentence for Bryan D. Lee. On the other side, Lee’s attorneys fought to get their client probation without having to serve any jail time. Dayton Daily News reports that Lee claimed he was actively working in counseling sessions to gain control over his sexual impulses.
Bryan Lee submitted a guilty plea to four counts of violating female motorists’ civil rights. He also pleaded guilty to a single count of engaging in cyber-stalking last October.
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