Officials looking for more victims after former state trooper charged with assaulting 2 women while on duty

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Law enforcement officials are seeking potential victims following the arrest of a former state trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Lee Ray Boykin Jr., 32, is accused of depriving two victims of their right to bodily integrity, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday.

He is also charged with carrying and using a firearm during a crime of violence and destruction and alteration or falsification of records in a federal investigation.

Boykin went before a judge for his initial appearance on Wednesday afternoon. Bond has not been set in his case and he remains in custody at least until his detention hearing on Friday morning.

One of the complainants alleges that Boykin conducted a traffic stop on the North Freeway near an Express Inn on Aug. 7, 2020. After issuing the driver a written warning, Boykin allegedly ordered the female passenger to get in his patrol car.

He then drove the woman to a hotel parking lot located at 10700 North Freeway and threatened to take her to jail for an out-of-state warrant if she did not perform oral sex on him, according to the complaint.

The passenger allegedly feared for her life and safety and did as Boykin asked. After performing the sex act, the complaint alleges Boykin placed his hand on his weapon and ordered the woman to run.

"When he brandishes his weapon, he is basically telling them, 'I don't only control whether you go to jail or not, I can control whether you live or die', which not only gives him more power, it turns him on more," forensic psychologist Bryan Sweeney, who has served as an expert witness in serial rape trials, explained.

The investigation into the incident revealed there was a second victim, the complaint states.

On Aug. 3, 2020, Boykin allegedly pulled up behind a vehicle parked at a Texaco gas station on the North Freeway.

According to the complaint, he told the female passenger of the vehicle that she had outstanding warrants and he was taking her to a substation. He then allegedly ordered her into his vehicle and drove her to the same parking lot as the first incident.

That's when the complaint alleges Boykin "told her he knew what she did for a living and wanted some of it - meaning sex."

Fearing the officer, the woman allegedly complied with his demands and performed oral sex on him.

"They use their power to control," Sweeney said. "They use their power to make themselves feel more like a man, make them feel more in control and the rape is more about the control than it is about the sexual act itself."

If convicted, Boykin faces up to life in prison.

During his initial appearance before a judge Wednesday, Boykin attempted to plead his case to get the judge to set bond. He said he had a wife and two children at home and that he works six days a week.

Authorities said they fear the former trooper may have victimized others. Anyone with information about potential additional victims is asked to contact the FBI at 713-693-5000.

"If you believe the reports, and it went as smoothly as it reportedly went, then it's likely it took him some time to build it up to get it to run that smoothly," Sweeney said. "I would say there is a high probability that this has happened more than twice."

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According to court documents, the trooper allegedly drove the woman to a dark spot and forced her to perform sexual acts.

Boykin was originally charged by the Harris County District Attorney's Office with aggravated sexual assault in August 2020 for the Aug. 7 incident.

The woman called Houston police from a nearby fast food restaurant and reported the assault.

Boykin was booked in the Harris County Jail after a brief investigation.

The Texas Department of Public Safety issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon following federal charges being filed:

"The Texas Rangers continue to work with local and federal partners on the ongoing investigation into Lee Boykin Jr.

Boykin Jr.s authority as a commissioned officer with the department was promptly withdrawn following his August arrest for aggravated sexual assault; he was terminated from the department later that month. The department will continue to fully cooperate with prosecutors on this case."

The department promptly withdrew all of Boykin's authority as a commissioned officer, ordered him to surrender all department property and initiated the process to terminate his employment.

The Texas Rangers are working closely with the Harris County District Attorney's Office and the Houston Police Department, which is leading this investigation, and we would refer any additional questions to their offices.

Boykin has been employed with the department for approximately four years and was assigned to the Texas Highway Patrol office in Katy."

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