Officer accused of trying to trade favors for sex

Victor Chris, 37, is facing two charges of official oppression.

February 22, 2013 2:28:26 PM PST
A Houston police officer is on the other side of the law. He's accused of pulling over women drivers and offering to tear up their traffic tickets, in exchange for sexual favors.

Police say Officer Victor Chris didn't follow proper procedure when he pulled over a female driver, and she may not have been the only one he allegedly propositioned.

Officer Chris said little as he appeared in front of a judge Friday morning, charged with two counts of official oppression. Chris is accused of pulling women over, writing them traffic tickets, and then propositioning the women.

Assistant district attorney Erin Epley explained, "If you will spend time with me, I will tear up your ticket. If you talk to me later, and be around me, I will not show up to testify against you."

The first alleged incident happened last May along the 15000 block of Park Row in far west Houston. The victim reported the incident to police, who then set up a sting in the same area last week. That internal affairs sting operation resulted in Chris' arrest.

"The female officer then comes in contact with the defendant, at which time the defendant again issues her traffic citations, again he tells her if she spends time with her, he would tear up her tickets, if you see him again, he will not work with prosecution," Epley said.

Police records show Officer Chris was hired on in 2009. He was assigned to the Northwest Patrol.

Houston Police Officers' Union President Ray Hunt said, "When a person is accused of something, they are relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation. Since this investigation is done by proactive internal affairs, you would think it would be complete very, very quickly."

Officer Chris, who is out on bond, has decided to hire his own attorney, rather than being represented by union attorneys. Besides the court proceedings, a separate disciplinary process is underway at HPD. Prosecutors say they take these types of cases very seriously.

"When you take advantage of that position, when you take advantage of your job in detriment to someone else, our office takes that very seriously, and we'll prosecute to the full extent of the law," Epley said.

Another woman, not named in the current charging documents, told Eyewitness News that she was also involved in a similar incident with Officer Chris that she reported to HPD. She says they called her to inform her of his arrest.

Chris, 37, faces two charges of official oppresion.

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