A police officer in Florida found himself on the other side of the law after he allegedly tried to force a homeless woman to perform oral sex on him in exchange for “letting her go.” Jamar M. Lee, 28, of the Lauderhill Police Department, faces one count each of felony unlawful compensation and misdemeanor battery, court documents reviewed by Law&Crime show.
Lee, who had been with the department for just over a year at the time of the incident, turned himself over to authorities last month after a warrant was issued for his arrest. The arrest came following a nearly two-year investigation into allegations that he attempted to use his position as a law enforcement officer to coerce at least one woman to perform oral sex on him. He has been suspended without pay since October, the city said in a press release.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Lee on Feb. 25, 2020 at approximately 3 a.m. approached a woman outside of a closed Dunkin Donuts store located in the 1500 block of N State Road 7. The alleged victim was sitting in a parked silver 2006 Saturn Ion. Lee, in full uniform and driving a marked squad car, allegedly approached the vehicle and asked the woman to produce her license and registration. She produced an invalid license, per the affidavit, and Lee ran a check on her vehicle. He then allegedly told the victim that he “needed to meet with other officers and directed the victim to follow him in her vehicle to another location which she reluctantly agreed to do.”
The second location was a dark alley and there were no other police officers there, per the affidavit. Lee allegedly got out of his vehicle and ordered the victim to do the same and “get closer to him.” He then allegedly began complimenting the victim’s body while making “sexually suggestive comments” to her, and stroked her hand against her will. Lee then allegedly began brushing against the victim’s leg.
The victim then allegedly told Lee she was uncomfortable and wanted to leave the dark alley. Lee then allegedly turned up the pressure.
“The victim suggested they move but the defendant stated ‘First things first, what are you going to do for me if I let you go?” the affidavit alleged. “The victim didn’t know what the defendant wanted her to do and so she asked him what he meant. During this time the victim was crying because she was scared and the defendant told her to stop and ‘don’t act stupid.’ The defendant, with his palm resting on his gun, told the victim to touch his penis.”
The victim allegedly grabbed his crotch over his pants for approximately two seconds. Lee allegedly offered to give the victim money and a place to stay if she remained quiet.
“The defendant asked the victim what she would do for him if he were to let her go,” the affidavit stated. “The defendant also told the victim that he wanted her to perform oral sex on him.”
A nearby noise then allegedly caused Lee to suggest a third location. This time, instead of following Lee, the victim turned the opposite direction and drove to her boyfriend’s house. She then called 911 and reported her interaction with Lee, documents say.
In a statement, City spokesperson Leslie Johnson said the department will promptly address Lee’s employment status.
“Now that Lee has been charged criminally and arrested, the City intends to swiftly conclude its administrative investigation into the incident and to take appropriate employment action against Lee,” the statement said.
Read the arresting documents here.