Maleatra Montanez, 40, of Syracuse, NY, called the police last February because her teenage daughter was missing. But when Syracuse police Officer Chester Thompson, a white officer, arrived her call for help eventually turned into something more serious.
“When I opened the door, he told me that I was pretty,” Montanez told the New York Daily News. According to her deposition, Thompson also told her she had a big butt and that her “lips looked like it can hold…a penis.”
“And he asked me do I love my son,” Montanez later testified. “So I had an idea of maybe what was getting ready to happen.”
That’s when the officer forced her to perform oral sex and raped her.
Montanez says she begged through tears, “We don’t have to do this.”
After Montanez reported the incident, Thompson pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of official misconduct for having sex with Montanez as well as another woman in three unrelated incidents while he was on duty. He was kicked off the force and given 3-years probation.
Which basically amounts to a slap on the wrist.
Prosecutor Jeremy Cali said an officer can not be charged with rape if a victim does not explicitly say “no,” is not in custody, or is not threatened or physically restrained.
Last week, the woman filed a $7 million suit against Thompson as well as several of his superiors in the police department.
“We’ve had information from several sources that this is not the first time that Chester Thompson has engaged in this type of malfeasance,” her lawyer, Ed Sivin, said. “And it appears that this may have been going on for a period of years. And that people high up in the Syracuse Police Department knew about it and didn’t take prompt remedial measures against him.”