A Houston County woman is suing a former Macon police officer she says raped her while he was on duty, as well as the motel where the incident took place and the desk clerk on duty at the time.
Attorneys Charles Cox and Jerry Lumley filed a civil lawsuit Friday afternoon in State Court of Bibb County, on behalf of the 22-year-old woman. It seeks damages from Christopher Campbell, the former officer; motel owner Dipakkummar Patel and desk clerk Steven Robinson.
Lars Anderson, Campbells attorney, said Friday afternoon that he hadnt yet seen the lawsuit, and he did not want to comment on the allegations.
We certainly will have a comment after weve had a chance to look at the litigation, he said.
Anderson referred to Campbell as a former client, and said Patel and Robinson would probably refer legal questions to him as well. Efforts to reach Patel and Robinson were unsuccessful. A desk clerk at the motel said it has changed management and that Robinson no longer works there.
Campbell was on duty early Feb. 18, 2011, when he picked up the then-20-year-old woman at the Whiskey River nightclub. Another officer had written her a ticket for underage drinking. The lawsuit says Campbell ordered her into his cruiser and drove her two-thirds of a mile up Pio Nono Avenue to Liberty Inn, which was owned by Patel and where Robinson worked.
The woman later told authorities she was unconscious when Campbell had sex with her.
She told police she awoke to the motel owner knocking on the door, demanding money for the room and discovered she wasnt wearing clothes, said prosecutor Nancy Scott Malcor.
Campbell resigned the day after the incident. He was indicted on charges of sexual assault against a person in custody and violation of his oath of office in July 2011. But prosecutors dismissed the sexual assault charge in exchange for Campbells plea to a lesser charge.
He pleaded guilty Feb. 4 to violating his oath of office and was sentenced to five years on probation.
The womans lawsuit says Robinson gave Campbell the room key, and specifically states that Campbell forced her into the room and raped her.
Video footage shows Campbell entering and leaving the motel several times over a three-hour period as he responded to emergency calls, Malcor said.
Anderson said during the 2012 case that the sex was consensual and that the woman left the motel with Campbell at some point that morning and returned in her car.
The lawsuit says Robinson and the motel had a duty to protect her while on the property and were negligent in not doing so.
She suffered severe and grievous physical and emotional injuries, and seeks damages for that, plus medical and legal costs.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report.