Everybody agrees that the former Irvine, California police officer above, David Park, ejaculated on a woman during a late-night traffic stop. She said he did, DNA tests confirmed it, and he finally admitted it.
The woman in the case was a topless dancer. She had been stalked by this guy prior to the night in question. He had stopped her after she’d left her work shift one night, engaged her in pleasant chit-chat, ignored a plastic baggie in her car which contained drugs, and got her phone number. He had called her the next day wanting to meet with her and she’d said no.
He admits he ran the identifications of nine other dancers also employed where this woman worked through DMV computers in the weeks prior to the incident. He said that was a “coincidence.” He also admitted he was told by his superiors to stay away from strip clubs. On the night in question, he ran the woman’s name through DMV computers and learned she had a suspended license. He did not request a police back-up, though there was a possibility for an arrest. He dismantled the global positioning device in his police car. He left Irvine and finally stopped her car outside of his jurisdiction. When he stopped her, he forced her to perform a sex act Telephone records establish that he called her afterwards using an assumed name of an officer who had died months earlier and told her to keep her mouth shut. After an internal investigation, he was fired. The police department settled with the woman for $400,000.
Prosecutors charged Park on 10 separate counts, including three felony charges of sexual assault. It was a jury trial. The jury included one woman and 11 men, most of whom were in their 50s and 60s. Park’s attorney, Al Stokke, accused the woman of “purposefully ‘weakening’ Park so that he became ‘a man,’ not a cop during the traffic stop.” At one point the questioning was as follows:
“You dance around a pole, don’t you?” Stokke asked.
Superior Court Judge William Evans ruled the question irrelevant.
“Do you place a pole between your legs and go up and down?”
“No,” said Lucy before the judge interrupted.
“You do the dancing to get men to do what you what them to do,” said Stokke. And the same thing happened out there on that highway [in Laguna Beach]. You wanted [Park] to take some sex!”
Lucy said, “No sir.”
“You had a buzz on [that night], didn’t you?”
In his closing argument, Stokke described the woman as “one of those girls who have learned the art of the tease, getting what they want . . . they’ve learned to separate men from their money.” He said, ““She got what she wanted. She’s an overtly sexual person.”
And, you know, if a woman is overtly sexual, it’s open season, men are absolutely free to rape her, sexually assault her, violate her in any way they choose and walk away. Which this guy did. The jury found him not guilty.
Another similar case is pending against a former Anaheim police officer, Bradley Stewart Wagner, who is accused of false imprisonment and sexual battery for threatening to have an undocumented Mexican woman deported if she didn’t have sex with him.