Officer lied about sex with crime victim


Colorado Springs Police Department detective Paul Patton lied to officers about a sexual affair he had with a woman who was the victim in a kidnapping case he was working, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

When the relationship began falling apart recently and the woman threatened to tell all to his superiors and the District Attorney's Office, Patton reported to CSPD detectives that he was the victim of a "stalking situation."

Patton, 39, has been arrested on charges of attempting to influence a public servant, a felony, and two misdemeanors: first degree official misconduct and false reporting to authorities.

Here is the affidavit, with the woman's name redacted by the Independent (see update at the end of this post for explanation):  See related PDF PattonAffidavitRedacted.pdf
The affidavit also spells out how Patton shared information and even a photo of a murder weapon with the woman in cases that didn't involve her.

Patton's on suspension with pay pending the filing of charges. "If and when felony charges are filed, the Administrative Leave may be modified to be without pay," the CSPD says in a news release.

Update, 2/11/16: At the request of the woman in question, the Independent has redacted her name from the affidavit, which is available without redaction by request from CSPD. 

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