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Former state trooper admits to exposing himself

Posted February 18, 2011

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— A former state trooper pleaded guilty Friday to a single charge stemming from a traffic stop during which he admits to handcuffing a woman and later exposing himself.

L. Brandon Lovick, 32, who was a trooper for six years, pleaded guilty to one count of felonious restraint in connection with the May 24, 2010, traffic stop.

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens had harsh words for Lovick, saying his actions "sullied" and "stained" the work of every law enforcement officer.

As part of a plea deal, Lovick was fined $5,000 and sentenced to three years of probation, including six months of intensive supervision. He must surrender his law-enforcement certification, undergo a mental health evaluation and submit to DNA testing.

The now 20-year-old woman involved in the traffic stop said that she and her family didn't want Lovick to go to jail but did want to make sure he was out of law enforcement.

"She's been very courageous, but not angry and vindictive," Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said. "But at the same time, (she) feels that right is right and wrong is wrong."

Willoughby said he has reason to believe that Lovick was involved in another similar incident, but that woman chose not to press charges.

Lovick, who is married with three children, asked his family not to come to court Friday because he is ashamed, his lawyer James Crouch said.

"He's human, and he made a terrible mistake in judgment," Crouch said in court. "He's very sorry for it, and he's here to take responsibility before a judge."

The woman involved in the May 2010 traffic stop told an internal Highway Patrol investigator that Lovick also touched himself, forced her to expose her breasts and took her to a secluded area. She said she kept talking about her grandmother and family until Lovick let her go.

Lovick admitted to exposing himself, handcuffing the woman without arresting her and asking her if she was "wild," according to his statement to the internal affairs investigator, which the Highway Patrol released Friday. He denied touching himself and claimed she voluntarily exposed her breasts. He also said there were also two prior incidents in which women voluntarily showed their breasts to him. 

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The woman in the May 2010 traffic stop reported it to Raleigh police, who connected it with a traffic stop by a trooper.

The patrol's internal affairs investigator recommended that Lovick be fired, but he had already resigned.

The Highway Patrol documents show that a third woman also complained about how Lovick treated her during a traffic stop on Oct. 5, 2009. She told an internal patrol investigator that Lovick offered to rip up her speeding ticket if she showed him her tattoo.

The report states that Lovick admitted to asking the woman if she was married and said that he saw part of her tattoo when she reached into her glove box, but he claimed that she voluntarily showed him the rest of it. He then ripped up the ticket, he said, out of fear "she would file a complaint against me if I issued her a citation."

The internal affairs investigator wrote that Lovick said he had a "mental lapse of judgment" because the woman "flirted with him by batting her eyes."

Lovick was cited for unbecoming conduct in that case and was suspended without pay for three days.

A State Bureau of Investigation review resulted in criminal charges in connection with the May 2010 traffic stop.


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  • Ugum Feb 21, 2011

    When cop types get fired, they tend to go into a downward spiral because they have no social skills and no other marketable qualities. Thats why they have their blue line of silence.

    Keep an eye for this guy at your next trip to the McDonald's drive thru cause although he won't last long there.

  • Sister Golden Hair Feb 18, 2011

    This man sounds dangerous to me and all he received was a slap on the wrist.

  • hellorhighwaters Feb 18, 2011

    I'm with you tab580642....A set of rules for them, set of rules for that kind and this kind....what??
    This man is a sexual predator....period!
    He was in a job position(he thought) would allow him to do certain things and get away with it because he was wearing a badge. There are bad people that slip through the loop-holes all the time. And this was one of them.
    No record, passed the psycho test, and you are hired.
    Well, good they found out about him before he pushed himself up on someones minor child. Now the courts have record of this pervert and his DNA to boot. Good!

    He got off way too easy.
    Had it been anyone else, they would have had a much harsher sentencing; and no plea deal.

  • rwilkins2 Feb 18, 2011

    You mean the punishment afforded to a NCSHP officer, not the punishment that a normal person would have received, right? Yea he is no doubt glad that his crime occurred while a member of the Governors pet law enforcement agency. If not it's the pokey for you fella! Yes we are all proud of our beloved Highway Patrol. God Bless Em. Lets just forget about all those small mishaps and be safe in the knowledge that nothing else has been swept under the carpet there at "headquarters".

  • eoglane Feb 18, 2011

    I have since a very young age always wanted to me a NC Highway Patrol trooper. I was to young when I graduated so I did 20 years in the Military. I have a High School Friend who no has about 30 years with the Patrol. We need more of a harsh punishment for those who wear the uniform and disgrace it. I say put their behinds in prison. When they choose to cross the line they are now criminals. PRISON. (WITH NO PROTECTIVE CUSTODY)

  • pattyolivermurphy Feb 18, 2011

    Am I wrong, or did I not see any where in this article that he has to register as a sex offender? WHY NOT? How is he any different from the peeping toms, or random people out there exposing themselves who have to forever register as sex offenders and not live near schools, and children etc? Where is the justice? I am appalled that this example has been set. Women everywhere are not safe if he is allowed to sweep this offense under the rug>

  • thehardway Feb 18, 2011

    I'm glad he came to court and took his punishment, now maybe we can all leave it behind us. And that includes you WRAL.

  • GLOCKMASTER Feb 18, 2011

    Judge Stephens thank you for taking care of business. We, law enforcement, appreciate what you had to say today in the courtroom as it was very true. We're truly embarrassed by the conduct of this individual.

  • mrlee34 Feb 18, 2011

    WHAT???????????? I didnt think it was against the law when the police did it.

  • TheDude abides... Feb 18, 2011

    death to the CODE OF SILENCE!!!