NBC10 - Doug Shimell
Darby township police officer Chris Scott was arrested on kidnapping, stalking and harassment charges after prosecutors say he stopped a woman and let her go after she refused to engage in a sex act with him. NBC10's Doug Shimell reports.
A Darby Police Officer was arrested after he allegedly stalked and harassed two women while on duty.
Investigators say Chris Scott, a 33-year-old, part-time police officer with Darby Township, pulled over a 23-year-old woman who was driving out of McMurphy’s Tavern on MacDade Boulevard in Ridley Township on Saturday. Scott allegedly told the woman he suspected she had been drinking.
Investigators say Scott took the woman to a secluded area in Springfield Township where he had her undergo a fake sobriety test. Scott then allegedly handcuffed her and repeatedly made sexually suggestive comments, asking her what she could do for him if he released her.
“She said, after repeated requests, if you’re asking me for sex, I am not going to participate in that,’” said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan.
Scott allegedly held the woman captive for two to three hours before he brought her back to her car. Officials say he then followed her as she drove back to her house and warned her not to tell anyone about the events that had transpired. Investigators also say Scott never reported the incident.
The next day, officials say Scott spotted another 23-year-old woman coming out of a Wawa on Ashland Avenue in Glenolden, Scott allegedly stopped her, placed her in his patrol car and took her to a secluded area where he made suggestive comments, telling her that she had to do something in order to avoid taking a sobriety tests. As Scott was with the woman, officials say the boyfriend of the first alleged victim happened to be walking by the area.
According to investigators, the boyfriend recognized Scott based on the description his girlfriend had given him. Officials say he called police and then confronted Scott, telling him he had just called 911. Officials say Scott fled the scene in his vehicle but was apprehended by responding officers.
Scott was arrested and charged with assault, stalking, harassment, false imprisonment and other related offenses. Police say Scott is married with children and lives in Berwyn. He was released on Tuesday after his wife posted bail. While Scott did not comment on the allegations against him, his defense attorney claimed there were inconsistencies in the stories of the alleged victims.
“One admits to being intoxicated, the second girl,” said the attorney. “The other one was supposedly stopped for a DUI. That always comes into play.”
Scott is due back in court for a preliminary hearing in late August.