HOUSTON – A former Cy-Fair Independent School District police officer who asked a woman to give up her underwear and display her feet for him to smell and lick to get out of an arrest pleaded guilty to official oppression and was sentenced Wednesday to spend a year in Harris County Jail.
As determined in court, Patrick Quinn used his badge to act above the law last year on Aug. 11, 2014, when he stopped the woman who was driving on Jones Road in Northwest Harris County. Quinn claimed that the woman's car insurance was expired, and he smelled marijuana in her vehicle.
He had the woman sit in the back of his school district patrol car while he searched her vehicle. He informed her that he found drug paraphernalia inside and threatened to arrest her, but then offered her options to get out of the arrest.
Quinn revealed that he had a foot fetish to the woman and if she allowed him to smell and lick her feet, he would let her go. She obeyed but then he didn't perform the act and asked for her underwear instead.
The woman then told Quinn that she actually had on athletic shorts underneath and offered it to him. Quinn didn't accept it and let her go.
The woman reported the incident to authorities the next day.
A subsequent investigation by the Harris County District Attorney's Office found out that there were an additional three people who were stopped and subjected to sexual comments and demands by Quinn.
"The reality is many victims of this kind of conduct don't come forward, but because of the courage of the victims who spoke up, Mr. Quinn will never again be able to use a badge to prey on the people he should have been protecting," said Assistant District Attorney Allison Buess.