A Massachusetts trooper is suing the state police force after allegedly being asked to scrub all references to solicitation from his arrest report of a district court judge's daughter.
Ryan Sceviour, 29, responded to a routine call about a car crash on Oct. 16. The driver, 30-year-old Alli Bibaud, had slammed her car into a guardrail.
Bibaud and her male passenger were waiting outside of the car when Sceviour arrived, MassLive reports. Sceviour and other troopers determined that Bibaud was drunk. Upon searching the car, they discovered a yellow handbag filled with drug paraphernalia.
According to the lawsuit, Bibaud claimed that she was "sick" and a heroin addict.
At the state barracks, Bibaud allegedly offered Sceviour sexual favors in exchange for leniency on her arrest. She later claimed that her father was a judge, which Sceviour said he doubted at the time.
Trooper and drug expert Ali Rei gave a drug test to Bibaud, and wrote that she had admitted to paying for the drugs by performing oral sex. She was charged with driving under the influence, negligent driving, marked lanes violation and failure to inspect. She was released from the barracks on the promise that she'd appear in court.
Two days after the arrest, Sceviour allegedly received a knock on his door from a fellow state trooper and was told to go to the barracks, WBUR reports. The lawsuit alleges that his commanders ordered him to change Bibaud's arrest records to remove all references to sex and to her father being a judge, so as not to embarrass District Court Judge Timothy Bibaud.
"Judge Timothy M. Bibaud never communicated with or contacted the District Attorney, State Police or any other court officials to discuss this case," said District Court Chief Justice Paul Dawley said in a statement on Nov. 8. According to The Washington Post, the judge told Worcester Magazine that he never asked the police to alter the documents.
The first supervisor Sceviour met with was Susan Anderson, who said that he was being reprimanded for "the negative and derogatory statements included within the gist of [the] report."
Sceviour said he protested when asked to alter the report, claiming it was "morally vacant." Police union representative Jeffrey Gilbert, who was there for the meeting, allegedly said that Sceviour shouldn't need to act without direct orders.
"This is an order, Jeff," said Anderson. "We all have bosses."
According to the lawsuit, Gilbert added that Sceviour could be discharged if he didn't comply.
After making the changes, Sceviour filed his lawsuit on Nov. 7, claiming to have been "illegally coerced" by his commanders to falsify the report. He also says that a number of state police officers tried to have the report "surreptitiously removed" from the court file and replaced with a new one.
The Massachusetts State Police deny Sceviour's claims.