GPS data busts Florida cop who pulled over to grope woman, shine flashlight inside her underwear
Police officer arresting a woman with handcuffs (Shutterstock)

A Florida policeman has been charged for groping a woman who he was supposed to be taking to jail, but officials said that the crime did not be rise to the level of "sexual battery."


According to an arrest warrant, 22-year-old Daytona Officer Larry Leon Jones was transporting the woman to jail last week after she was taken into custody for leaving the scene of an accident, Florida's News 13 reported.

The woman said that Jones told her he was pulling the patrol car over to adjust her handcuffs because she had complained that they were too tight.

The victim's statement indicated that Jones said he needed to search her again, and then he reached under her shirt and groped her breasts.

The arrest report said that Jones continued to grope her while he "pulled her pants and underwear away" and "shined a flashlight down the front and back of her pants."

Daytona police spokesperson Jimmie Flynt said that patrol car GPS records matched the woman's story, and that there had been inconsistencies in Jones' version of events.

"She has not wavered with what she says happened from the day she made these allegations to when they interviewed her maybe three or four days ago," Flynt explained.

Jones was charged with battery, felony false imprisonment and official misconduct. He was released on $7,500 bond.

But Flynt said that the allegations did not legally rise to the level of sexual assault in Florida.

“He’s charged with battery because she’s alleging that he groped her breasts," Flynt pointed out. "Breasts does not fall up under [the] sexual battery statute, so that’s why he was charged with battery."

The rookie officer has been placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation by the Daytona Police Department.

Watch the video below from WKMG, broadcast Feb. 18, 2015.

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