LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. – A Campbell County mother is suing a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper for $100,000, alleging she was sexually harassed. The trooper has been put on desk duty during an internal investigation.
The lawsuit was filed by attorneys Herb Moncier and Jeffrey Coller on behalf of Patricia Wilson. In the suit, she says she was stopped by Trooper Isaiah Lloyd twice on August 16.
During the first stop, the suit claims Trooper Lloyd pulled Wilson over on Interstate 75 in Campbell County for not having her seat belt on. The suit says she was dressed for her evening janitorial shift, which included “tight fitting shorts and a close fitting over shirt over a camisole.”
Wilson says Lloyd asked her to get out of the vehicle and to bend over, placing her hands on the front of his cruiser. She says he then placed his hands inside her shorts and touched her inappropriately. Wilson said in the suit she was afraid to say anything because Lloyd had the power to arrest her. The suit says he then gave her a ticket and she went back to her vehicle crying.
About three hours later, the suit says Lloyd stopped Wilson again as she was returning home from work, this time saying she had tinted windows and that she was “all over the road.” The suit says the windows were in the same condition as they were during the first stop.
This time, Wilson’s two children, ages 8 and 3, were in the car. Lloyd allegedly told Wilson, “We have to stop meeting like this.” The suit says Trooper Lloyd said he had already gotten Wilson “out of two tickets during the earlier stop and would not ticket her for the window tint.”
She was released without another ticket, but the suit claims his demeanor was inappropriate.
The suit claims Trooper Lloyd was “using his authority as a law enforcement officer to sexually harass” Wilson.
A spokesperson with the Tennessee Highway Patrol says the lawsuit was the first time they heard about the alleged incident and Wilson did not file a compliant with the internal affairs division. THP says Trooper Lloyd has been placed on administrative duty while an internal review is conducted.
“We take these situations very seriously and our goal is always to provide professional law enforcement for the public’s best interest,” said Col. Tracy Trott. “The THP makes close to a half million traffic stops per year and our goal is always to treat people with dignity and respect.”