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Prosecutor: Cop forced couples to have sex
Prosecutor: Detroit police sergeant told drivers to perform or be ticketed
The Associated Press
Updated: 9:36 a.m. ET April 27, 2007

DETROIT - A police sergeant is accused of pulling couples over with his cruiser and forcing them to engage in sex acts while he watched, threatening them with penalties if they refused.

Detroit Sgt. Roosevelt Tidwell, 39, pleaded not guilty Thursday and has been suspended from his job with pay.

A 21-year-old Detroit woman told investigators that she and a male friend were driving through Chandler Park early Feb. 7 when a Detroit police officer pulled them over.

The officer took their identification and got in the back seat of her car, then told the male friend to perform a sex act on the woman, according to court records. He threatened them with a $500 ticket if they didn’t, according to court records.

The woman said the officer also fondled her breast and forced her to fondle him. The officer then told her to get out of the car and demanded her cell phone number.

Tape allegedly captured coercion
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Tidwell later called the woman several times. The woman secretly taped at least one call and gave the tape to investigators.

Tidwell confronted two other women and two men early April 14, Worthy said.

They told investigators the officer pulled up to their vehicle in a police car, took their identification and told them they could go to jail or perform sex acts while he watched.

The women were told to perform sex acts on the two men, and one couple was forced to have intercourse, according to court records.

The victims said that the officer shone his flashlight on them and that they saw him masturbating. When a second patrol car approached, they said, the officer told them to stop and “be cool” before waving the other patrol car away.

A magistrate entered the not guilty plea to charges including five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Tidwell is being held in the Wayne County jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

Defense lawyer Fred Walker, arguing for a low bail amount, told Lockhart that Tidwell has been married 18 years and spent 22 years in the military and 12 years with the police department.


‘Not isolated incidents’
Tidwell also voluntarily met with the police department’s internal affairs investigators several days ago, Walker said.

Assistant Prosecutor James Heath argued that internal affairs has received more complaints from the same park about the same time as the two incidents linked to Tidwell.

“These are not isolated incidents in the least,” Heath said. “This is an officer, using his position of authority to clearly take advantage.”

The charges also include two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, four counts of extortion and two counts of misconduct in office.

More charges are possible, the prosecutor’s office said.

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Apr. 27th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)

Gah. This reminds me of that scene in The Bluest Eye.

Apr. 27th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
Good, I'm glad I'm not the only one who immediately thought of that.
Apr. 27th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
I just thought about that too. But as I kept reading, this guy has some issues that go so far beyond the pale. But yeah the intersections of sexual assault and power in both cases compare in many respects. Wow.
Apr. 27th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
Apr. 27th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
Just give me the $500 ticket then...
Apr. 27th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
And file a formal complaint against his ass in the morning..
Apr. 27th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
Apr. 28th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
Apr. 27th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
I would have called the police and tried to explain to 911 WTF was happening...I can't take this anymore. This is just getting severely out of hand.
Apr. 27th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
And in addition, isn't this almost a form of rape? Shouldn't they be charging him with something similar to that as well?

Apr. 27th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
They are.
Apr. 27th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
Wait...aren't you FROM Detroit? Or am I getting you confused with someone else?
Apr. 27th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
I'm in Brooklyn...
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Apr. 27th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
That usually means "the attacker" is planning to return and terrorize the person more. But yeah, that's when you know someone has gone off the deep end.
Apr. 27th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, how the hell do you do that? Of course, I'd be at home calling Customer Care going "I need to change my # NOW!!!"
Apr. 27th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
So does art influence life or does life influence art?

And by art---I mean porn really.
Apr. 27th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
Re: smh
Gaahh! That movie. It's been YEARS! And I =still= remember being disturbed. *shudder*
Apr. 27th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
That's sick. Who the fuck wants to watch people having sex? Which is why porn is boring to me.
Apr. 27th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
Who the fuck wants to watch people having sex?

You *are* kidding, right? I mean, I understand YOU finding porn boring, but you aren't REALLY questioning another person's desire to see other people having sex, are you?

I mean...I'm not defending the power-abusive sick perv cop who did this. THAT bamma would have had to write me a ticket. But I never questioned his desire to watch other folks....
Apr. 27th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
Hell no. I would have called his bluff and told him to give me a ticket.
Apr. 27th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
he's been watching "Crash" a little too much.
Apr. 28th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
Apr. 28th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
i would be paying that $500 fine because i know i would get it back, plus about 499,500 after i sued the motherfuckers.

i would want my 500 grand to be 500 grand net. as in after court costs, lawyer fees, and taxes.

that police department would be coughing up 1.2 million.

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