- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 20, 2015

Newly released documents from the criminal investigation of a former Ohio state trooper has unearthed shocking details about the conduct that landed the officer behind bars, including Facebook messages he sent to female victims, online solicitations for sex and dashcam footage from the traffic stop that ended his career.

The trooper, 31-year-old Bryan Lee, is currently serving five years in prison after pleading guilty in October to four misdemeanors counts of civil rights violations and one felony count of cyberstalking. This week, though, his former employer — the Ohio State Highway Patrol — published records from the probe of the officer that exposes new information concerning the pattern of impropriety he exhibited on the job.

Among the evidence released on Monday is video footage captured from the trooper’s patrol car in September 2013 during an altercation that prompted state officials to launch their probe a month later. Years earlier, however, new records reveal that Lee, using the alias “Troy Castle,” authored posts on Craigslist in which he searched for partners to engage in “traffic stop sex.”

“I am in Law Enforcement so if the idea of traffic stop sex sounds good let me know,” he wrote in a 2011 post, Dayton Daily News reported this week. “How about a cop you must (expletives) to get out of being arrested. if that sounds fun i can fulfill that fantasy,” he wrote in another.

In the newly surfaced video clip, Lee is heard flirting with a female motorist and a female passenger, and when one discusses flashing the trooper, he responds: “We can play that game once I turn the camera off.” The passenger was then taken into his cruiser, according to the Associated Press, where Lee is alleged to have photographed her topless.

Facebook screenshots released this week by Highway Patrol reveal that Lee began flooding the passenger’s inbox with messages shortly after the encounter.

“Hello. Met you Saturday night,” Lee began the conversation. “Probably wrong of me to message you on here. Just had a good time.”

“Ok now I feel terrible,” the trooper wrote 10 days later when the initial message failed to elicit a response. “Feel like I’m stalking…”

Lee’s social media onslaught continued for a month and includes exchanges in which he told the woman that he had spotted her in public and had mutual acquaintances in common. A probe into the trooper’s conduct was initiated shortly after in October 2013 and aided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, ultimately concluding that Lee’s tenure with the force included altercations with at least four victims.

According to the AP’s analysis, however, the records acquired on Monday this week “indicate there were more victims beyond the four included in the federal case,” and that some of those women avoided speaking up in fear of retribution.

“Ms. Z stated Trooper Lee would leave her crazy voicemails and told her if she ever told anyone he could get her in trouble. Trooper Lee would tell her he had everything in his trunk to get her in trouble and he would plant the stuff on her,” one investigator recalled after speaking with a victim in November 2013, according to the records, AP reported.

Lee joined Highway Patrol in January 2006 and resigned in October 2013 while under investigation. He was sentenced in April to 60 months in prison.


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