CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Kanawha County woman says she was raped by a West Virginia State Police trooper and that the troopers' internal affairs unit told her not to tell anyone about it.
The woman, who asked that her name not be used because of the alleged sexual assault, said the trooper told her he was going to drive her to her job at a strip club in Jefferson but instead took her up a winding country road nearby and raped her.
She says the incident happened Feb. 9.
This is the second allegation of rape made by a woman against a South Charleston-based trooper in the past 18 months.
"We do have an allegation of misconduct by one of our members and that allegation is being investigated," said Capt. R.W. Lively, commander of Troop 4, which is headquartered in South Charleston.
The trooper being investigated is on restricted duties and working only in the office, Lively said.
"He's performing no law enforcement duties at this time," the commander said.
Lively said he could not comment further on an ongoing investigation.
The woman says police approached her in the afternoon, before she was to go to work at 7 p.m. at the club.
"I was sitting in a bar ... drinking some beers before I went to work," the woman said. "They [State Police officers] were outside of the bar and wanted to know if I had [my] house key."
The woman says police approached her because they thought there was a meth lab inside the house where she was staying.
"There was not a meth lab in there; I gave them the house key," she said.
She said the officer that she alleges later raped her put her in his cruiser and took her to the South Charleston barracks for questioning.
The two knew each other from a previous incident, the woman said. The trooper had responded to a call on Aug. 11, when the woman said she had been stabbed in the neck, she said.
Once back in the barracks, the woman says the trooper didn't ask her any questions, but that he and another trooper began teasing her.
"One of them said he would give me 5 cents because that's all I was worth," the woman said.
The woman said while at the barracks the trooper she claims later raped her exposed himself to her and asked her to perform a sexual act, which she refused.
The trooper then told her he was taking her to work and put her in the front seat of his cruiser, she said.
"He said he was off duty," the woman said.