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Ohio State Trooper Will Go to Federal Prison for Repeat Sexual Misconduct During Traffic Stops

Family says he's "a good person" who simply "lacked the self-esteem" not to stalk and sexually assault vulnerable women.

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A former Ohio state trooper was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison for sexual misconduct with women he pulled over for traffic violations. Officer Bryan D. Lee, 31, was accused of groping and rubbing his genitals against victims while they were handcuffed, stalking some victims on Facebook, and demanding sex and nude photos in exchange for leniency.

Lee's first victim filed a complaint against him back in 2011, but local police didn't believe her. A county prosecutor even offered to charge the woman with making a false statement if Lee wanted; he graciously declined. 

Last October, Lee pled guilty to charges of cyberstalking and "violating the civil rights" of four women. He was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Thursday.

Here's a timeline of his abuses, from the Dayton Daily News

Nov. 19, 2010: Lee responded to a car wreck involving victim "NS," who failed field sobriety tests. Lee turned off his body microphone, groped NS's breasts while she was handcuffed and rubbed his genitals against her. He drove her home and released her to her mother.

Nov. 21, 2010: Lee stopped "KD" for speeding and found she was driving without a valid license and had a warrant for her arrest. He told the male passenger to walk to the nearest rest stop. Lee groped KD's breasts and cited her for traffic offenses but did not charge her for pills and drug paraphernalia found during the stop. Lee later stalked KD on Facebook, demanding naked pictures of her.

March 22, 2012: Lee cited "JE" for speeding and then pulled her over a second time because she was upset and crying. JE sat in Lee's patrol car and allowed him to take a cell phone photo of her topless. Lee convinced her to drive to an abandoned gas station where they had sex. Lee then tore up the speeding ticket. JE and Lee later had a consensual relationship until she discovered on Facebook that Lee was married.

Sept. 8, 2013: Lee flirted with two women on a traffic stop. He turned off his mic, allowed the driver to drive despite showing signs of impairment, and put the passenger, "TF," in his patrol car. He took a photo of him touching TF's breasts and later stalked her on Facebook. A month later, TF was again a passenger during a drunken driving stop by Lee. Lee ticketed the driver for misdemeanor violations and didn't make a drunken driving arrest. TF walked home.

The News also reports that Lee comes from a family of police officers, including two brothers who are also state troopers. Family members wrote the court to insist that Lee "is a good person who lacked the self-esteem, self-discipline and self-awareness necessary to abstain from acting on his sexual compulsions with women that he met in the course and scope of his employment with the Ohio State Highway Patrol." 

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  1. Yeah, he was a good guy, but for all that father raping and shit.

    Fuck him. And his fucking family.

    1. One wonders what being a bad person entails.

  2. “Ohio: the cold Florida”

    1. Only the parts above Dayton. The rest of it is Cincitucky.

      1. Does that make it better or worse?

        1. Considering for the longest time if you wanted porn or booze in Cincinnati, you had to go across the river/border, I’d say better.

      2. Allegedly, the largest UK basketball fan club (outside of Lexington) is in Dayton. Dayton is very much in the ‘tucky belt. Does seem to thin out quickly past Springfield on 70…

  3. Lee cited “JE” for speeding and then pulled her over a second time because she was upset and crying. JE sat in Lee’s patrol car and allowed him to take a cell phone photo of her topless. Lee convinced her to drive to an abandoned gas station where they had sex. Lee then tore up the speeding ticket. JE and Lee later had a consensual relationship until she discovered on Facebook that Lee was married.

    Utterly disgusting.

    1. Something about “power corrupts” belongs here.

    2. Only after she found out he was married. So all that stuff before was a-ok?

      Sounds like Lee should be thanking JE’s horrible, absentee father for a magical evening with his daughter.

      1. Bad men like him target usually target women that good men avoid.

        1. “Bad men like him target usually target women that good men avoid.”

          Take it down a notch. This guy used the explicit threat of violence and kidnapping to coerce sex from women. Theres no need to shit on his victims.

          1. No, he did not use the “explicit threat of violence” in that particular case. It was someone who hooked up with a cop to get out of a speeding ticket, dated him after he broke the law for her, then got pissed that he was married.

            Two of them were instances of explicit threats of violence. The other two were basically sex for favorable treatment. One of the latter was apparently consensual on the part of the other person (even though it’s still a violation of the law by the officer and should be a fireable offense), but she got buyer’s remorse once she figured out that he was a scumbag. Stupid dating decisions are not explicit threats violent absent actual threats of violence. Coercive? Maybe. Explicitly violent? No.

  4. A friend of mine who was an office was convicted of this type of conduct and he spent 9 years in prison for it. He’s out now but I have not spoken to him.

    1. “was an officer” I meant to say

      1. … and after reading more of it, my buddy was from a family of officers as well. They were/are good people. Strange how this happens.

    2. That’s so depressing I won’t even make a joke about handle.

      1. *your* handle

      2. What does the “H” stand for?

        1. Isn’t it short for “htittyfucking”?

        2. Haploid

          1. You know who else- Wait a minute.

            1. Well played.

              1. I thought so as well.

                Zero Sum Godwin. Or something.

        3. I always thought it was Herbert

        4. Hey Zeus!

  5. “… good person who lacked the self-esteem, self-discipline and self-awareness necessary to abstain from acting on his sexual compulsions…”

    Ironically, he’ll meet some like-minded gents in the shower over the next 60 months.

  6. lacked the self-esteem, self-discipline and self-awareness necessary to abstain from acting on his sexual compulsions with women that he met in the course and scope of his employment with the Ohio State Highway Patrol

    Then maybe he…shouldn’t have been a police officer?

    1. What else was he supposed to be? A fucking Normal or something???

    2. I guarantee this guy has committed abuses of authority against men who he thought were his rivals for some woman too, because that’s how guys like him roll.

    3. So since he can’t work in his chosen field due to emotional and mental issues, can he collect SSI while in prison?

      1. nope. Prisoners cannot receive SSI.

        1. It was sarcasm. I’ll try to do better in the future.

          1. I kind of thought it was, but I’m one of those evil federal government workers at the Social Security Administration, so my response was pretty much automatic.

            1. evil federal government workers

              Isn’t that the only kind? I work for the Department of the Interior (BLM).

              1. Hell, we all work for the feds for a good chunk of the year.

    4. From the accounts of his behavior, it sounds like it was the perfect job.

  7. I guarantee a regular person pulling something like this would do far more time in prison than this guy. So, how come people entrusted with great responsibility and power are held to a lower standard than those of us with no power at all? In a sane world an individual who abuses their authority would do MORE time in prison, not less.

    1. Multiple, violent sexual assaults, and he gets 5 years? Come on.

      1. As I noted, far less time than a lowly ‘civilian’ would ever receive. Plus, you want to bet his old job will be waiting for him when he gets out?

      2. The firearms enhancer alone would put a “civilian” in prison for a lot longer than this POS is getting.

  8. JE sat in Lee’s patrol car and allowed him to take a cell phone photo of her topless. Lee convinced her to drive to an abandoned gas station where they had sex.

    That sounds a lot like rape. Violation of civil rights, sure, but also rape.

    1. That doesn’t sound like rape, it IS rape. But the standard laws don’t apply to those favored by the government.

    2. Hard to prove rape when the rapists coworkers do the investigation. That’s why its a federal charge.

      I think the Feds are doing better investigating this shit. But their hands are somewhat tied when it comes to what charges they can levy. Perhaps we need sentencing reform as it pertains to civil rights abuses and under color of authority statutes as they pertain to cops.

      1. How about not being forced to pay for shitbags like this in the first place? Get rid of all welfare whore cops.

  9. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

    1. Sure it could, and does.

  10. women that he met in the course and scope of his employment

    “Women that he met”??????????

    1. (those are rage question marks)

    2. Surprised they didn’t refer to his victims as “old girlfriends.”

    3. It’s not a bad racket – drive down the road, see attractive young female, pull her over, then demand sexual favors or you make her life very difficult.

  11. OT: Washington Post very concerned about this crowdfunding stuff.

    First Memories Pizza, now Michael Slager: When did we weaponize crowdfunding?

    Since then, PR concerns have forced GoFundMe to adopt a pretty rigorous set of community standards, including a ban on “campaigns in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes.” That may explain why GoFundMe deleted the Slager fundraiser within a day. But it just migrated to Indiegogo, where ? per a spokesperson ? “we don’t judge the content of campaigns.”

    Is that a good thing? A bad thing? A totally neutral and user-empowering thing, as Indiegogo likes to claim? That will inevitably depend on your politics and your positions on issues like social justice and police brutality. (It’s no coincidence that many of the more controversial campaigns spring from the right wing; they’re self-professed reactions against progressive laws and/or the cultural mainstream.)

    But there’s no denying that crowdfunding ? long considered one of the Internet’s most affirmational pursuits ? has been gradually turned to more divisive uses. There may be no better proof of that than Alix Bryan, a Richmond TV reporter who flagged the Memories Pizza GoFundMe campaign for potential fraud last week.

    1. You know, I don’t quite see how giving money to someone you think has been victimized is “divisive.”

      1. Because any opinio . Diverging from that of your betters could weaken their authority. DIVISIVE!

    2. I imagine it got weaponized around the time Purigressives converted social media to the 21st century equivalent of the stocks.

  12. I hope this guy rots in prison. No rape, but a nice stay in solitary should do him a lot of good.

    1. Yeah, I suspect that being in protective custody in prison is really, really bad all on its own.

      Probably less raping, but probably worse in most other ways.

  13. He never received training not to rape and pillage his way through his shift!

    /dunphy

  14. I generally despise cops and think they obviously have a problem with unchecked power. But I’d let one grope me if it meant getting out of a DUI, no question. Only because traffic laws are such an abominable shakedown these days.

    1. In addition to being a eugenicist racist, Tony is also a drunk driver.

      1. How else is he supposed to meet the kind of dominant dudes he likes?

        1. All of you could have reached for the low-hanging fruit of the Village People, Tom of Finland, etc.. Yet you resisted. I am so proud. I am so proud.

          1. I didn’t resist? I have no clue what you’re talking about.

          2. Hang on, i’m still trying to do something with the phrase “abominable shakedown.”

            1. Another name for the OK’ Himalayan Handjob.

  15. That is what a traffic cop does, rape the public.

  16. A county prosecutor even offered to charge the woman with making a false statement if Lee wanted; he graciously declined.

    Hell, that’s some goddamn evil shit. Is it too much to hope a journalist will follow up with the prosecutor?

    1. i thought that was the worst part of the article, another prosecutor covering up felonies for coworkers

  17. Would “NS” be “Natalie Shull”, given that her name is in the story reason linked to from the Dispatch?

  18. OSHP is a bunch of pricks. Assholes every last one of them.

  19. Exactly how much “self-esteem, self-discipline and self-awareness necessary to abstain from acting on his sexual compulsions” does it take? It is expected from teenagers, but it’s lack is an excuse for a “serve and protect” adult? What a sorry excuse for a family.

    1. The answer is 12

    2. The News also reports that Lee comes from a family of police officers, including two brothers who are also state troopers. Family members wrote the court to insist that Lee “is a good person who lacked the self-esteem, self-discipline and self-awareness necessary to abstain from acting on his sexual compulsions with women that he met in the course and scope of his employment with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.”

      So in other words, the other members of his family who are police are probably also shitty cops who abused the guy and turned him into a basket case.

  20. they love sex offenders in prison. he will get all the groping he can handle

    1. Prisoners go after pedophiles in prison…not all sex offenders. They don’t do it because of any kind of moral code, just because they think pedophiles are less likely to be able to fight back.

      That’s one of the dumbest myths about jail, that somehow even the worst prisoners have that redeeming quality that makes them reject certain types of sex crimes. They don’t…they just use it as a measuring stick to see who they can get away with abusing. They probably won’t mess with the cop if he’s convicted (which is no sure thing) because he’ll probably be able to fight back and isn’t an easy target.

  21. If you ever lived in Ohio, you would be well aware of just how breathtakingly arrogant the vaunted “OSHP” is.

    Over the top, haughty, stern, and all the while, having probably the safest cop job in the world. The old “protect and serve” mantra is quite laughable when applied to this bunch of slappys.

    Finger an “OSHP Officer” today: Freedom respecting people everywhere will thank you.

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