Former Washington police officer, John Clemmons, was fired for groping a woman during a late night traffic stop. However, despite admitting what he did, Clemmons will not go to jail.
Clemmons claimed his sexual assault of Thompson was caused by his post-traumatic stress disorder.
On the early morning of Jan. 27, Clemmons followed Thompson’s car from a bar to her home (video below).
According to Thompson, Clemmons never flashed his patrol lights.
Clemmons forced Thompson to do roadside sobriety tests, handcuffed the woman and put her in the back of his police car.
According to The News Tribune, Clemmons asked Thompson what she would be willing to do to avoid going to jail. Thompson felt he was asking for a sexual act and changed the subject.
Thompson claims that Clemmons did an invasive search, where he was supposedly looking for marijuana.
“He put [his hand] directly down my shirt and moved it around below the wire in my bra, then he put his hands knuckle-deep into my pants," Thompson told Q 13 Fox. "He moved it right to left and then down to the front.”
Thompson said Clemmons used his flashlight to look inside her pants and asked to go in her home.
After her handcuffs were removed, Thompson said "no" and Clemmons reportedly grabbed her buttocks and again asked to go in her home, but she refused.
On Monday, Clemmons pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault and was sentenced to 80 hours of community service and a deferred sentence of 24 months. He will also lose his certification to be a police officer in Washington State.
In his defense, Clemmons blamed his days in the U.S. military for his groping of Thompson.
“I saw a lot of violence, extreme violence and was put in situations that were extremely dangerous," Clemmons said.
There were several police officers sitting in the courtroom in support of Clemmons.
“I don’t feel safe in Auburn at all, especially when these other officers are in court to support him and I don’t feel safe when I still live in Auburn," Thompson said in court.