Ohio trooper advertised on Craigslist for ‘traffic stop sex,’ records released by highway patrol show
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A state trooper convicted of forcing female motorists into sexual acts in exchange for dropping traffic charges used Craigslist to offer “traffic stop sex,” according to records released Monday that highlight the women’s fear of reporting him.
Trooper Bryan Lee sent multiple Facebook messages to a female passenger he photographed without her shirt on, including one that let her know he’d been keeping an eye on her, a detail included in hundreds of pages of records the Ohio State Highway Patrol released in response to media requests.
The records include the dashboard camera recording that sparked the patrol’s investigation in October 2013. Lee resigned and was prosecuted.
In the video, Lee can be heard flirting with a female driver and the passenger he later photographed.
At one point, after the passenger told him the name of the bar where she’d been that night, he said he’d been there the week before and she wouldn’t have needed a ride home “if I would have saw you.”
Lee’s flirting was inappropriate for a traffic stop, patrol Lt. Craig Cvetan said. The video was discovered during a routine patrol check of dash-cam recordings.
Lee later sent the passenger multiple Facebook messages, including one in which he said he’d seen her at a fair and identified what she was wearing.
As the investigation continued, the patrol found two postings Lee made on Craigslist.
“I am in Law Enforcement so if the idea of traffic stop sex sounds good let me know,” one posting said.
Lee, 31, was sentenced to five years in federal prison in April for violating the women’s civil rights.