Newly released video and Facebook messages show a former Ohio state trooper trying to coerce women into sex during traffic stops and then creeping them out by contacting them through social media.
Bryan Lee pleaded guilty last year in federal court to four counts of violating the civil rights of female motorists and one count of engaging in cyber stalking after admitting that he offered to drop criminal charges or traffic citations against women in exchange for sex.
Lee, a seven-year veteran, resigned at the start of an investigation that was launched during a routine review of his dashboard camera recordings, which revealed inappropriate conduct with a female driver and passenger he stopped for a traffic violation.
Dashboard camera video released this week from a September 2013 traffic stop shows Lee flirting with a woman who appears to be driving drunk and her passenger, who offers to flash her breasts at the trooper, reported WBNS-TV.
“We’ll play this game,” the passenger says in the recording, which launched the investigation after the video was randomly selected for a routine review.
Lee tells the woman they can play that game after he turns off his camera, and the former trooper repeatedly cuts off the audio microphone on his uniform during the 30-minute traffic stop.
The ex-trooper told the driver, who cut him off prior to the traffic stop, that he can smell alcohol on her breath, but he allows her to drive off without being charged.
Lee tracked the woman down the following day on Facebook and began sending her messages over the next two months, saying that he had seen her at a local fair and describes what she had been wearing.
“OK. I don’t take hints very well,” Lee wrote. “Last thing I remember you were flirting with me now you aren’t talking. Want me to leave you alone just respond and say so.”
The woman rarely responded to the messages, and she tells Lee at one point that she found his repeated attempts to contact her “creepy.”
Another woman told investigators that she had sex with Lee in his patrol car at least twice, and another woman who was found to be in possession of heroin was allowed to escape charges after she showed the former trooper her breasts.
Additional records released Monday as part of a records request showed Lee advertised at least twice on Craigslist seeking women for “traffic stop sex.”