Woman sues ex-Provo cop who groped her

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 12:16 PM


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A California woman is suing a former Provo police officer who said he would not arrest her if she provided him with sexual favors.

The lawsuit, filed in Salt Lake City federal court last week, claims Jeffrey Westerman detained Leslie Bryson for 50 minutes and forced her to expose her breasts after a July 2010 traffic accident.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/H9TdL2 ) the complaint contends Westerman groped Bryson after threatening to arrest her for driving under the influence.

The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, alleges the experience caused Bryson to "suffer extreme shock" and "embarrassment"

Westerman, who was later fired, was sentenced last year to 180 days in jail after pleading guilty to charges of felony attempted forcible sexual abuse and misdemeanor obstruction of justice in the case.

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