LAS VEGAS (CN) - A Las Vegas police officer sexually assaulted a robbery victim in his police car and in her hotel room, the woman claims in court.
Elka Maxwell sued Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and its Officer Tyler Campbell in Clark County Court.
On the undefined "day in question," Maxwell says, she was staying at the (nonparty) Gateway Motel in Law Vegas, and "a complaint was made" that an employee had stolen $2,000 to $3,000 from her room. The LVPD sent Maxwell to investigate, she says.
Maxwell claims Campbell told her to get in his patrol car while he finished his paperwork. Inside the car, she claims, Campbell told her, "'Open your legs,' and placed his hand briefly on and grabbed plaintiff's crotch."
Maxwell claims she told him "she would not have sex with him in his police car and pushed his hand away."
Campbell then took her back to her hotel room, where he "used his position as e member of law enforcement and the persuasiveness of his badge, uniform and gun to convince plaintiff, Elka Maxwell, that she need to have sexual intercourse with him for her case to be taken seriously and law enforcement to investigate on her behalf."
The lawsuit continues: "Feeling depressed and suicidal and as if she had no practical choice, plaintiff Ms. Maxwell engaged in sexual intercourse with Officer Campbell."
Maxwell "currently resides at Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital and suffers from mental disease or defect," the complaint states.
She seeks damages and punitive damages for false imprisonment, negligent hiring and supervision, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, civil rights violations, constitutional violations, and attorney's fees.
She is represented by Monty Vandermay.