BOSSIER CITY, LA – Being a cop must be a lonely job. Tinder, OKCupid, Match.com, or Grindr doesn’t appear to solve their problem. Everyday reports come out about police officers abusing their authority and flexing their blue muscle to coerce “affection” from others simply because they can’t find someone willing to do it. Even the saying, “Women like a man in uniform” must not apply to the costumed brigade as more officers seize the love and attention they so desperately crave. Rape, molestation, sexual assault… despite the varying degrees of unrequited love cops remain emboldened by the power of the badge. Case in point: Louisiana State Trooper John C. Kelly.
34-year-old Kelly, of Bossier City, was arrested on Monday following an investigation, which began in August, into complaints received by state police from several women. The complaints stated that a man approached or contacted them with information about where they live and who they are. Detectives looked into the complaints and validated the claims by the women. Kelly was placed on paid leave during the investigation. It was discovered that Kelly used law-enforcement databases to get the names and addresses of women and then began contacting them with often unsettling advances. He was charged with felony abuse of office.
According to arrest documents, the Louisiana State Trooper had images of license plates on his laptop. The laptop was seized by detectives as evidence. Investigators are interviewing the plates’ owners to see who has been contacted by Kelly. It is unclear how many women Kelly contacted through his illegal searches.
Kelly was released from The Bossier Parish jail after posting $10,000 bond. Kelly was placed on unpaid leave following the arrest. He is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 10 in Bossier District Court.
“As troopers, the citizens of Louisiana place great responsibility and authority in our hands to uphold the law,” Col. Kevin Reeves, State Police superintendent, says in a news release about Kelly’s arrest.
“The arrest of a trooper is never easy to accept. However, when that authority is violated, it is necessary to maintain the trust of the citizens we serve. The citizens of our state deserve nothing less, and the troopers who serve their communities and perform their jobs well each and every day expect nothing less.”