Lauderhill cop arrested for beating and soliciting sex from homeless woman • Tamarac Talk
By Kevin Deutsch
A Lauderhill police officer faces charges of assault and battery and unlawful compensation after soliciting sex from a homeless woman in exchange for ‘letting her go’ without arrest, court records show.
Ofc. Jamar Lee, 28, of Fort Lauderdale, also allegedly met other women during police service calls and used a second cell phone to contact them to try to arrange sexual encounters, an affidavit claims. arrest of Lee’s colleagues to the Lauderhill police. Department.
Court records allege Lee met the homeless woman on February 25, 2020, after spotting her in his silver 2006 Saturn Ion, parked in the drive-thru of a closed Dunkin’ Donuts in the 1500 block of the road. Highway 7 in Lauderhill.
According to the affidavit, he learned that she was homeless and without a valid driver’s license. Then he told her she needed to meet with other officers, asking her to follow him in his car to a back alley on Northwest 16th Street.
No other officers were in the dark alley, where Lee – after getting out of his marked highway patrol car – told the woman to get out of her Saturn and come closer to him, police said.
Dressed in his police uniform, he complimented her body, made sexually suggestive remarks and began touching her body against her will, records show.
She felt uncomfortable, police said, and suggested they leave the dark alley.
“First of all, what are you going to do for me if I let you go?” Lee allegedly asked the woman.
According to records, the woman started crying and asked Lee what he meant.
“Don’t act stupid,” Lee reportedly said.
With a palm resting on his service weapon, he asked the woman to touch his penis, police said.
Not wanting to get in trouble, the woman grabbed Lee’s penis outside of his uniform for about two seconds, records show.
Lee told her he would give her accommodation and money “if she kept quiet,” according to the affidavit.
“[Lee] asked the victim what she would do for him if he let her go,” police say in the affidavit. “[Lee] also told the victim that he wanted her to perform oral sex on him.
After a noise was heard nearby, Lee reportedly asked the woman if she wanted to follow him to another location. She agreed, but when they started driving she turned in the opposite direction and drove to her boyfriend’s residence in a nearby jurisdiction, police said.
There she called the police and reported Lee, the affidavit states.
Investigators said they used GPS data from Lee’s patrol car and surveillance footage to confirm Lee’s location synced to the woman’s account.
“Throughout the incident, [Lee] did not inform dispatch of his contact with the victim nor did he activate his body-worn camera,” the investigators wrote.
Court documents did not specify Lee’s other alleged attempts to arrange sexual encounters while on duty.
After his arrest, Lee was released on $4,500 bail, records show.
“Within 24 hours of receiving the victim’s complaint, the city placed Lee — who had worked for the city for just over a year at the time — on administrative leave,” the City of Lauderhill said. in a press release. “Due to the nature of the complaint, the city immediately notified the state’s attorney’s office, which then initiated a criminal investigation into Lee’s conduct.”
“Now that Lee has been criminally charged and arrested, the city intends to expeditiously conclude its administrative investigation into the incident and take appropriate employment action against Lee,” the city said.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a crime involving Jamar Lee or anyone else, contact the Lauderhill Police Department at 954-497-4700.
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Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime reporter and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on the staff of the Miami Herald, New York Daily News and Palm Beach Post.