A former Auburn police officer pleaded guilty today to inappropriately patting down a woman under the pretext that he was investigating her for drunken driving, according to the department.
John Michael Clemmons, who resigned earlier this month, pleaded guilty to assault in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to fines, community service and other penalties.
The incident took place in January, according to Auburn Police Department Cmdr. Mike Hirman.
That night, Hirman said, Clemmons decided to follow the woman home from Auburn’s Sports Page Tavern on suspicion of DUI and other traffic offenses. But the officer did not turn on his overhead lights or call out his pursuit on the radio, Hirman said.
The woman complained that the officer’s search including reaching under her blouse, bra and pants, said Hirman, although he said that the officer did not touch intimate areas.
Clemmons was placed on paid administrative leave after the incident as the Puyallup Police Department investigated in coordination with the King County Prosecutor’s Office, Hirman said.