Houston police officer accused of using illegal traffic stops to enable ‘foot fetish’
A Houston-area police officer is accused of trumping up possible charges against at least one woman in order to coerce her into letting him indulge his “foot fetish,” KTRK-TV reported on Monday.
Authorities said 26-year-old Patrick Quinn was using his Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District patrol vehicle when he pulled the woman around 3 a.m. one night this past August. However, because he is a school officer, he does not have the authority to conduct traffic stops.
But according to court documents, Quinn told the woman that he smelled marijuana in her car and that her insurance was expired. The woman then reportedly sat in the back of Quinn’s vehicle while he searched the car, at which point he said he had found “drug paraphernalia” inside.
Quinn then allegedly threatened to take the woman to jail unless she allowed him to smell her feet. The woman told officials that he later said he planned to “lick them, too.” When she began to remove her footwear, Quinn then offered giving him her underwear as an alternative, but changed his mind and allowed her to leave.
KHOU-TV reported that the woman contacted police the day after her encounter with Quinn. Authorities were able to identify him after his fingerprints were found on an insurance card she left at the scene.
Quinn was suspended and charged with two counts of illegal oppression. He was taken to jail but set free after posting a $2,000 bond. School district officials released a statement saying they were “appalled by the nature of the allegations” against him.
Prosecutors in Harris County are also investigating whether Quinn had similar encounters with other women.
Watch KTRK’s report, as aired on Monday, below.