WRAL Investigates

Woman denies link to Raleigh police probe

Posted February 11, 2011 10:30 a.m. EST
Updated February 11, 2011 10:47 a.m. EST

— 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.