CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Three police officers, including one suspended in Montgomery last month after allegedly beating a man, allegedly sexually assaulted and harassed a woman earlier this year, according to a complaint filed Friday.
According to the complaint, Matthew Leavitt, a Cedar Grove officer at the time, along with another Cedar Grove officer and a Kanawha County sheriff's deputy, held Patricia O'Scha on a hill across from Riverside High School. The three told her that if she would have sex with any of the officers, she would not have to go to jail.
O'Scha's car has been impounded since the incident on March 15, when Leavitt pulled her over, said Mike Clifford, O'Scha's lawyer. A petition of forfeiture was filed on O'Scha's vehicle and the money found inside just last week, Clifford said.
"There was finally a petition filed that I could respond to in court," said Clifford, who plans to file a lawsuit on O'Scha's behalf next week.
On March 15 O'Scha was pulled over by Leavitt, who told her to get out and go to the rear of her car. Leavitt then did a pat down of O'Scha, according to the filing, "including placing his hands on her breasts, her [rear end], and between her legs."
O'Scha said Leavitt found several prescription pills inside the vehicle, along with about $1,000. O'Scha said that at the time she was addicted and abusing prescription medications.
Leavitt then put the woman in his cruiser in handcuffs and drove her to the top of the hill across from Riverside High School. There Leavitt, a Cedar Grove officer identified only as Curry and a sheriff's deputy identified as Kegler each did a full-body pat down of O'Scha, touching her breasts, rear end and all over her body, according to the court filing.
"They held her on the hill for over an hour and advised her that if she would have sex with any of the officers, she would not have to go to jail," according to the filing.
O'Scha refused and Leavitt and Curry took her to the Cedar Grove police station, where she was charged with possession of drugs with intent to deliver.