Cop Paul Patton: Probation for Having Intentionally Bad Sex With Crime Victim
Former Detective Paul Patton. Additional images below.
Colorado Springs Police Department
Update: In July, we told you about the bizarre story of Paul Patton, a detective with the Colorado Springs Police Department.
Patton was arrested on suspicion of charges that included attempting to influence a public servant, first-degree official misconduct and false reporting to authorities — all of them related to an alleged sexual relationship between him and a kidnapping victim in a previous case he'd worked.
Weirder still, Patton originally accused the woman of stalking him — and claimed he'd tried to have deliberately bad sex with her in the hope that she would finally leave him alone.
Circa November, Patton pleaded guilty in the case, and now, he's received his punishment: probation rather than jail time.
However, he certainly doesn't feel as if he got lucky. During a hearing yesterday, he's quoted as saying, "I've lost everything I've known."
As we noted in our original item, we obtained Patton's arrest documents but chose not to include it due to the number of times the victim's name was used and her status as a crime victim even before she encountered Patton. But the following account 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, 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 kidnapped woman had been "strictly professional" in the beginning. But the previous 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.
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 resigned from the police department in October, and he admitted his culpability regarding an attempt to influence a public servant and official misconduct.
Cut to yesterday, when, as the Colorado Springs Gazette reports, 4th District judge Larry Schwartz handed Patton a four-year probationary sentence, supplemented by requirements to complete 300 hours of community service and be mentally evaluated.
"As far as punishment, there's not more I can impose or do," Schwartz said. "Having your career removed, I'm sorry that has occurred, but fortunately in the circumstances of this case, that's appropriate."
No argument from Patton, who conceded that he was "100 percent responsible" for what happened and apologized for his actions, since he was in "the position of authority."
Look below to see Patton's double mug shot.
Colorado Springs Police Department
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