A Maryland state trooper has been charged with forcing a woman to perform a sex act on him at gunpoint while he was off-duty early Monday morning.
Brian Tucker, 43, was engaging in a sex act outside an SUV on a commercial cul-de-sac in Capitol Heights around 2 a.m. The trooper and the woman had previously arranged an agreement for a sex act for money, but the woman says that she was forced to perform an additional sex act at gunpoint, according to the Washington Post.
An officer from Prince George’s County spotted Tucker and the woman outside by the passenger door to the vehicle, as he approached the woman informed him that Tucker had a gun. Tucker then identified himself to the officer as a Maryland State Trooper.
The police department verified that the trooper was in fact armed, but the gun Tucker was using was not his service weapon. He has been charged with a first-degree sex offense as well as a firearm violation.
Tucker has been working for the Maryland State Police in the Automobile Safety Enforcement Division for 18 years. He has been suspended without pay following his arrest.
Many studies over the years have confirmed that rape and sexual assaults are not actually about sexual desire, but about exerting power over another human being. What better profession is there for someone violent and power hungry than a job with protection from the thin blue line?
Often, the victims of police are people such as this woman, who are considered to be “less credible” in the eyes of law enforcement.
“[Officers] tend to choose victims who would lack so-called credibility in the eyes of other law enforcement, whether it was somebody who was engaged in sex work or whether it is somebody who was intoxicated or who was using drugs, and then they use that justification for why that person cannot be believed,” Jennifer Marsh, vice president of victims services at the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network told TruthOut in 2014.
Much like there is no official database for keeping track of police killings, there is also no official database that keeps track of sexual misconduct or assaults at the hands of law enforcement.