Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Officer Leon Pullen Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Prostitute
An Uplands Park police officer sought out a woman in an online classified ad and then, in full uniform, sexually assaulted her in the police station, the FBI said in court documents released Monday.
FBI Agents arrested Leon F. Pullen, 31, at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday night on a charge of willful deprivation of civil rights under the color of law. He appeared in court Monday, where a federal prosecutor said he wanted him held in jail until trial.
In an affidavit filed in court, FBI Special Agent Greg LaCombe wrote that the woman had placed an online ad that featured her picture and advertised her services as a prostitute.
The affidavit goes on to say:
Pullen called the woman, said his name was “Jimmy,” and agreed to pay $400 for a sexual act. He also had her and another woman meet him in Uplands Park on July 15.
After the women arrived, Pullen drove by in his marked police car several times before pulling behind the women’s car.
He got out, and when the alleged victim asked why he was stopping her, Pullen pulled out the ad.
He then rubbed himself against her and told her that she had two choices: to give him all her money, or get naked, LaCombe wrote. Pullen apparently ignored the woman’s request for a lawyer.
Another officer was present, LaCombe wrote, but that officer is not named in the complaint.
Pullen then ordered her and the other woman back in the car and told them to follow him to the police station, where he took the victim to an office in the rear of the station, forced her to undress and then forcibly performed oral sex on her.
Pullen also said that he would have forcibly had intercourse with her if he had a condom, LaCombe wrote.
The woman, afraid that Pullen would call in the other officer to have sex with her, and tried to end the attack by offering to meet Pullen later. Pullen gave her his contact information, LaCombe wrote, and then she left, later calling the FBI.
The fate of the other woman was not mentioned in the affidavit.
Pullen appeared in court Monday morning, in a black and white Jennings jail outfit of scrub shirt and pants.
Before his initial hearing, he told a reporter that he was “dumbfounded” by his arrest.
During the hearing, Pullen told U.S. Magistrate Judge Frederick Buckles that he lives with his wife in Foley and that he could not afford a lawyer. Buckles said he would appoint one.
Pullen will be in court Tuesday for a hearing that could determine whether he stays in jail until his trial. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Drake said that prosecutors would be presenting the case to a grand jury this week, asking for an indictment.
Uplands Park is located in St. Louis County, south of Interstate 70 and north of the city of St. Louis, at 6390 Natural Bridge Road.
A reporter’s call to the village was referred to the police department, then the village attorney. That lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
The FBI is asking anyone with information about the alleged attack, or other attacks, to call the FBI at 314-231-4324.
More information: http://www.kansascity.com/news/breaking_news/story/1462902.html