CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Dunbar police officer allegedly sought sexual favors from a young woman in exchange for ignoring her traffic violations.
Charleston lawyer and former Kanawha County prosecutor Bill Forbes said he represents the interests of a woman in her early 20s who says she was forced to perform sexual acts on a Dunbar police officer.
The Gazette does not normally identify alleged victims of sexual assault.
Forbes said the incident occurred one night within the past two months when the woman and a male passenger were pulled over for traffic violations. She had not been drinking and was not accused of doing so, he said.
The woman previously had been caught driving on a revoked driver's license, Forbes said.
"She gets in the cruiser and, as I understand it, the conversation begins that she can get out of trouble," Forbes said.
The officer tells her he'll not charge her with the traffic violations if she'll agree to his sexual requests.
The passenger in the woman's car is left on the side of the road, and the officer drives off with the woman in his car, Forbes said.
"He takes her up to the end of a dark, lonely road someplace," Forbes said. "At which point she's afraid not to comply."