Traffic Alert: Kansas Bans Cop Sex With Motorists

Police were allegedly abusing their power
By Janet Cromley,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2018 11:44 AM CDT
New Kansas law prohibits police from having sex with motorists and other detainees.   (Getty Images/CarolinaSmith)

(Newser) – Kansas has passed a law that most people probably assumed the state already had. The new law bans police officers from having sex with motorists that they pull over, reports the Wichita Eagle. Although Kansas did have a law prohibiting police from having sex with people in jail, the new law bans sex "during the course of a traffic stop, a custodial interrogation, an interview in connection with an investigation, or while the law enforcement officer has such person detained." Kansas was one of 33 states where sex between police and detainees is not illegal. The bill was introduced by Rep. Cindy Holscher, a Democrat, in response to the case of a detective who was alleged to have repeatedly coerced sex from black women in Kansas City by threatening to arrest them or their loved ones.

One such incident led to the arrest of Lamonte McIntyre, who spent 23 years in prison for a double murder he didn't commit. McIntyre’s mother said in an affidavit that she had spurned the detective’s advances, per NBC4. Holscher also cited a case in New York, where a teen alleged that two officers raped her in their van, but because the officers said the sex was consensual, no charges were filed. New York passed a similar bill in March, in response to that incident. "I was shocked," New York state Sen. Diane Savino told CBS News when she learned of the gap in the law. "It should be clear across the state for officers from every department, that when someone is in custody they do not have the ability to consent to sexual activity." (Read more rape stories.)

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