Former Uplands Park Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Civil Rights Violations

Former Uplands Park police officer Leon Pullen pled guilty to numerous civil rights infractions relating to several incidents where he sexually assaulted women and stole money from them. 

Pullen was accused of responding to advertisements placed by women on the internet who posted pictures and contact information.  The women were posting as prostitutes.  Pullen contacted the first woman he assaulted by cell phone, and agreed to pay her $400.  Pullen met the woman in his police cruiser in full uniform, and made her follow him to the police station.  Once at the police station, Pullen sexually assaulted the woman.

Pullen arranged to meet his second victim at a hotel.  When he arrived at the hotel, Pullen identified himself as a police officer, told the woman she was under arrest, and brandished his sidearm and handcuffs.  He then sexually assaulted the woman, took $100 in cash and her laptop.

Pullen is known to have assaulted at least two other women under similar circumstances.  Pullen was arrested on September 20, 2009 and gave a statement to the FBI voluntarily.  Initially Pullen told agents he never took money from the women, nor had he ever engaged in sexual activity while on the job.

Pullen pleded guilty to counts of felony conspiracy to deprive individuals of their rights under color of law, four felony counts of deprivation of rights under color of law, felony interference with commerce by color of right, felony tampering with a witness, and a felony count of making false statements.

Pullen faces from five years, to life in prison.  He is scheduled to be sentenced on October 15.


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