Thursday, May 8, 2008

Police officer sentenced to federal prison for coercing woman into sex

A former Cedar Rapids, Iowa police officer was sentenced to 6 months in federal prison and barred from ever serving as a law enforcement official anywhere in the US for coercing a woman who drove under a suspended license into sex after he pulled her over for driving under a suspended license.

Kevin Sims, 36, according to an US Attorney's Office - Northern District Of Iowa press release (pdf), met the woman because he did a routine bar check at the bar where she drank at. One day in spring 2004, he made the bar check, and about a half-hour later, he stopped her while she was driving on a Cedar Rapids street. Instead of arresting her, Sims took her into a park and had sex with her.

SIMS engaged in the intercourse while still on duty, in his police uniform, with his firearm still in his holster, and while acting under color of law. The woman voluntarily engaged in the sexual intercourse believing that, by doing what SIMS wanted, she would escape any criminal charges. SIMS did not arrest the woman, did not issue a citation for criminal conduct, and did not report the traffic stop to the dispatcher or his supervisor, contrary to Cedar Rapids Police Department policies.

In June 2007, SIMS was interviewed about the incident by two FBI agents and at
first, SIMS lied to the agents. When confronted by the agents with other information,
SIMS admitted he had sexual intercourse with the woman.

SIMS was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by Magistrate Judge Jon Stuart Scoles.

SIMS was sentenced to 6 months in federal prison. A special assessment of $25 was
imposed, a fine of $2,000, and he will serve 1 year on supervised release after he
serves his prison sentence. There is no parole in the federal system.

SIMS was released on the bond previously set and is to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on a
date yet to be set. As a condition of his guilty plea, SIMS waived his right to appeal his conviction or sentence. As a further condition of the plea, SIMS was required to resign as a police officer and is forever barred from serving as a sworn law enforcement officer any where in the United States, its territories, or possessions.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney C.J. Williams.

Sims officialy plead guilty to one count of depriving another of civil rights under color of state law on January 18, 2008.

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