Woman Says Officer Tried to Pull Up Her Shirt

By: Tom Jones Email
By: Tom Jones Email

Atlanta, Georgia - August 2, 2011 -

An Atlanta-area woman says a police officer made inappropriate sexual advances toward her.

"He was like, 'let me see your breasts.' He doesn't say it like that. I was like, 'what?'" says Yvonne Ruiz, accuses officer.

22-year-old Yvonne Ruiz says she couldn't believe what then Dekalb County police officer Jeremy Reynolds asked her. It was during a traffic stop on I-285.

Ruiz says Reynolds told her he had a way to help her keep from going to jail.

"Let me see your breasts and I'll let you go," Ruiz says.

Ruiz says she declined, saying she had children and a husband.

"Leave me alone. Don't touch me. Please don't touch me," Ruiz says.

She says Reynolds then aggressively frisked her and tried to lift up her shirt. She asked for a female officer.

"Well, everybody's at lunch, so it's just me," Ruiz says.

Ruiz was then taken to jail on a speeding ticket and a probation violation. She filed an internal affairs complaint. She later found out police accused Reynolds of forcing another woman to have sex during a traffic stop. Officers charged him with aggravated sodomy and two counts of violation of oath of office.

Reynolds' attorney said he couldn't say much about the case, but he said the allegations are untrue.

"Since there's two alleged accusers, we need more time to go through the discovery we got from the district attorney," says Jackie Patterson, the officer's attorney.

Ruiz says she felt violated and doesn't want anyone else to go through what she went through.


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