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Ex-Ala. Trooper Gets Prison for Coercing Sex from Student

March 29, 2013  | 

A federal judge sentenced a former Alabama trooper to a year in prison for coercing a 20-year-old college student into performing sex acts, the FBI announced.

U.S. District Judge Virginia E. Hopkins sentenced Keith Wilson Kelley, 51, to the maximum prison term under the misdemeanor charge of depriving a person’s civil rights under the color of law or while acting in the official capacity of a police officer. Kelley must serve one year of supervised release following completion of his prison term. He pleaded guilty in December.

Kelley was a captain with the state troopers in September 2007 when the incident occurred in Shelby County. Kelley was behind the young woman in line at a self-service check-out at a discount department store in Pelham. He saw that she did not scan and pay for all the items she took from the store. Kelley followed her to her car, showed his badge, and took her name and phone number. Kelley told the woman that he would see how the store wanted to handle the matter and would be in touch. He later called her, said the store was leaving the matter to him, and that he wanted her to meet him at a gas station.

Kelley was in his patrol car when the woman met him. He searched her for a wire, told her she would be convicted of a felony, but that he could make the case go away. He then coerced her into performing sex acts. The woman reported the incident to the Pelham Police Department.

Comments (7)

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Fed Cop @ 4/1/2013 8:10 AM

"You can't fix stupid!"

Sgt. Mike @ 4/1/2013 7:17 PM

Fitting sentence for the offense, but a tragic end to a career. Another example of one guy tarnishing the reputation of our profession.

bpd3733 @ 4/1/2013 7:53 PM

If I ever have an officer do this, after I fire him, he will go to court badly bruised.

Lt. Sal @ 4/2/2013 5:49 AM

I am always amazed at the thought or lack of thought process. I teach those I work with to think two steps ahead when encountering or planning any police action. I put this thought into everything I do. So how is it a captain would not think this through? I wonder how many others this could have happened too making him think he would get away with this again. Another tarnished spot on the badge.

Trigger @ 4/2/2013 7:02 AM

Fed Cop you pretty much summed it up. There was an officer from
a neighboring pd that was serving a subpoena on a witness. When he got to the house the witness was upset so he took her into her bedroom to calm her down after which she gave him a "hummer" and he gave her the subpoena. During the trial she not only testified to what she saw but also who she did. Needless to say the jury was not impressed by her testimony and the officer is now unemployed and was charged criminally for using his position of authority over her. The stupid thing about this is that he just could not understand what he did wrong!!

Bo @ 4/1/2013 10:15 AM

I had a very wise and respected supervisor teach an ethics class in my academy class last century. He started the class with about 5 minutes of silence while he drew an elaborate human figure on the blackboard. When he was done, he circled the mouth, the crotch and the gun. He then turned to the class and said, LIf you keep those 3 things in check you will finish 20 years here without a hitch". Still remember it like it was yesterday.

Capt. Crunch @ 4/2/2013 10:21 AM

This should be a felony.

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