by: Sara Whaley Updated:
TULSA, Okla. - A lawsuit has been filed against an Oklahoma state trooper accused of raping a woman he pulled over.
FOX23 got the federal lawsuit filed against Trooper Eric Roberts. The lawsuit lays out some very serious allegations against Roberts.
It was filed by a 28-year-old woman who claims she was pulled over by Roberts near the Town West shopping center. Roberts approached her car and claimed he smelled marijuana and put the victim in his patrol car where he began asking inappropriate sexual questions.
The lawsuit said he eventually drove her to a secluded location and raped her. She told authorities she was in fear of her life.
Troopers tell FOX23 they're taking these accusations seriously. Roberts has been put on suspension with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation. Roberts, a sixteen year veteran of the OHP, was suspended Thursday, July 24th, when Patrol officials received allegations of misconduct and launched an immediate investigation into the matter.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol released the following statement about the lawsuit:
"We take any complaint of misconduct very seriously. When this complaint was received against Trooper Eric Roberts, I ordered an immediate investigation into the matter. I expect the completion of this investigation very soon. These allegations are especially disturbing and must be properly completed. Any type of conduct of the nature alleged will not be tolerated", stated Chief of Patrol Colonel Ricky Adams.
OHP said no further details will be released pending the outcome of their investigation.