Cop Paul Patton: I Hoped Crime Victim Would Stop Stalking Me If We Had Bad Sex
Detective Paul Patton. Additional images below.
Colorado Springs Police Department
Early reports that Colorado Springs Police Detective Paul Patton had been arrested included few details.
All we knew is that he was suspected of attempting to influence a public servant, first-degree official misconduct and false reporting to authorities.
But now, a warrant obtained by the Colorado Springs Independent, among others, reveals startling new details about a sexual relationship between Patton and a kidnapping victim whose case he worked.
Moreover, the report documents how Patton originally accused the woman of stalking him — and how he said he'd tried to have deliberately bad sex with her in the hope that she would finally leave him alone.
Typically, we include documents in posts like this one. We're not doing so in this case due to the number of times the victim's name is used and her status as a crime victim even before she encountered Patton. But our item refers to and features quotes from the El Paso County warrant in question.
The story began back on September 3, 2014, when Colorado Springs Police Department officers were dispatched to a Howard Johnson Lodge at 8280 Highway 83 on a report of a woman who'd been found in the parking lot.
The Howard Johnson Lodge where the kidnapping victim was found.
When she was discovered, she was bound with electrical tape.
Among those assigned to the investigation was Patton. Throughout the process of the case, in which two men were arrested and prosecuted (one case is still active), he stayed in touch with her.
Cut to July 26, when Patton contacted a colleague on the force to report what he described as "a stalking situation in which he was the victim."
During the subsequent interview, Patton said that his interactions with the kidnapping victim had been "strictly professional" in the beginning. But last month, he maintained, the victim became more aggressive, texting him frequently, with the communications becoming "very graphic and sexual on her part," he allowed.
Patton said that when he tried to pour cold water on the woman's interest in him, she threatened to go to his supervisors about their relationship. If she shared the texts with his bosses, he admitted thinking, "Holy shit, that's bad" — and the excerpts quoted in the warrant , including references to his "chub," "morning wood" and how her messages made him "so stiff," suggest that he was right.
At that point, Patton says he told the woman to leave him alone, but she didn't. After claiming he'd lost his phone, she called him a "motherfucker" and a "fucking liar," the report maintains.
By July, the woman was continually pestering Patton to come over to her home and have sex with her, he told the interviewer — and he began to vacillate about keeping his distance from her. Indeed, the report states, "he thought maybe [her] having sex with him was a challenge and if he did, she might 'stop and leave me alone.'"
Colorado Springs police headquarters, where Patton was questioned.
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En route to a coffee shop, Patton said the woman tried to lower his pants and perform oral sex on him. He was able to fend her off, but he eventually pulled into a secluded area and had what the warrant calls "penile-vaginal intercourse for 20-30 seconds.
"He wanted it to be bad and horrible and he did not want her to be attracted to him," the report continues.
If he'd hoped his poor performance would put an end to the woman's interest, he was wrong, Patton told the interviewer. She texted him "constantly," with messages maintaining that she "needed to talk to him and she wanted to have phone sex with him every single day."
In an interview of her own, the kidnapping victim initially denied having a sexual relationship with Patton before confirming that "a lot of stuff happened."
Example: She had threatened to contact the District Attorney's Office about their relationship because "she was mad and Patton was supposed to help her and all Patton cared about was talking on the phone 'while he jerks off.'"
This sort of behavior convinced investigators that Patton was far from innocent in regard to what happened between him and the woman. He's on paid administrative leave pending the decision of prosecutors about possible charges.
Here's a look at his double-booking photo.
Colorado Springs Police Department
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