WRAL Investigates

Woman denies link to Raleigh police probe

Posted February 11, 2011

— A woman reported to be at the center of a Raleigh Police Department internal investigation into allegations that officers had sex with a prostitute on Friday denied being involved with any officers.

Bobbie Lynn Wright, a 35-year-old prostitute who goes by the street name “5-G” and is known to frequent Bragg Street in southeast Raleigh, told WRAL News that she has never had sex with any police officer – for money or otherwise.

WRAL News learned from sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity, that several police officers from the department’s Southeast District Substation were told to surrender their guns, badges and patrol cars this week after a weekend raid of the substation.

Raleigh’s police chief has confirmed a comprehensive investigation that’s nearing completion into a police officer’s complaint in 2009, but he has not spoken on exact allegations, provided details of the internal probe or said whether any personnel action taken against the officers.

Wright said she has never been contacted by anyone with the police department regarding the internal investigation.

Sources told WRAL News that the department’s Internal Affairs Unit used GPS devices and hidden cameras to tie Wright to the investigation. At least one Bragg Street resident said he has seen Wright talking with officers in the neighborhood.

According to court records, Raleigh police have arrested Wright 22 times in Wake County – six times for prostitution – since 2005. None of the arrests were made by officers who are part of the police department’s internal probe.

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said Thursday that he does not believe criminal charges will be filed in the case.


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  • HotChocolate Feb 11, 2011

    Sounds like a sting operation gone bad. Everyone one involved needs to rush down to the county clinic and see if they really got stung.

  • Proud Airman Feb 11, 2011

    JAT- A prostitution case is one of the most difficult cases to prove. There are plenty of known prostituted and dealers who walk the streets all night, but it would be a violation of their rights to just roll up and take them to jail. You can thank the elected judges, the da's office, and the defense bar for making it so hard to keep these people off the streets. Besides, just because she hasn't been "arrested" doesn't mean she hasn't been "charged". WRAL failed to report on her citations and the outcome of them in court.

  • mcsdot22 Feb 11, 2011

    JAT, I agree with you 100%, if they can prove and show probable cause that officers would not arrest her if she provided sexual acts then you are correct and I am not disputing that. People are making many assumptions and should wait until the outcome until they make comments about a department.

  • RomneyRyan2012 Feb 11, 2011

    In reference to the police...WRAL didn't print my comments about Gov. P being investigated by the FBI back in the 90's after crashing her car, leaving the scene, officers being promoted after that, etc. etc. What's wrong, WRAL, afraid to let some news out or is it because another station scooped you?

  • JDNCSU Feb 11, 2011

    Brrrrrr....some guys have no standards...

  • wcnc Feb 11, 2011

    cheapskate- Um, I think the wives know about it....either the day hubby came home without his gun, badge and car or the other night when the news released the names of the 4 officers involved.

  • mrbigt032j Feb 11, 2011

    stonewall brigade you say you have no respective for raleigh law
    enforcement if you work in a big plant with about 200 other people and a few get caught stealing do you want people think the same of you. or do work

  • cheapskate Feb 11, 2011

    coercion makes this assault.... which again means they probably shouldn't release the name of the alleged V-I-C-T-I-M. sex workers usually need help/assistance not a another perv. btw, i hope they notify the officer's wives.

  • LetsGetHigh Feb 11, 2011

    sounds like this woman is being coerced to saying she has never been involved with police officers. I can only imagine what they are saying to her so she will deny any involvement with them.

  • JAT Feb 11, 2011

    The one poster discussed the fact that if no money is exchanged, then no crime has occurred. Good point! Most likely, though, they are having "relations" with her in exchange for not arresting her, right? That's the benefit she gets versus the benefit they get.