Officer Offered Leniency for Sexual Favors

He was a local policeman assigned to a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force in Roanoke, Virginia. In the course of carrying out his duties, he came in contact with a female defendant in a methamphetamine trafficking case that was cooperating with authorities.

All good so far. Then the officer decided he wanted to have sex with the woman and would do so even if it meant breaking the law and violating his sworn oath.

So he informed the woman that he was in a position to help her with her pending drug case. In several text messages exchanged with the defendant in August 2014, the cop made it clear that he could recommend a favorable sentence to the prosecutor on her behalf in exchange for sexual favors.

He then convinced the cooperating defendant to go for a ride in his official vehicle where she performed a sexual act with Moore.

That’s not all. In his guilty plea, the officer admitted to having a similar relationship with two other female witnesses in drug investigations dating back to 2009. He falsely informed the witnesses that he had convinced prosecutors not to charge them with criminal offenses that would carry significant prison sentences. He then solicited and received sexual favors from the witnesses in exchange for his nonexistent assistance.

Kevin C. Moore, 42, of Roanoke, worked for the Salem Police Department in Virginia. He was arrested in October 2014 without incident after being charged by complaint and was suspended from the police department and DEA task force the same day.

Moore pleaded guilty to bribery. He will be sentenced early in 2015.

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A former Arkansas State Police lieutenant was sentenced to 135 months in prison for cocaine possession and distribution. Sedrick L. Reed, 44, admitted being part of a conspiracy to distribute between 5 and 15 kilograms of cocaine between 2006 and 2013. As part of his plea agreement he agreed to the forfeiture of bank accounts, real property, firearms, vehicles, and more than $30,000 in cash. Reed said he took drugs from a traffic stop and from the state police evidence locker. Reed admitted that he made more than $200,000 from the resale of the stolen drugs.

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