A veteran Baytown Police officer is the target of both a criminal and internal affairs investigation.
According to affidavits filed in the case, Officer Michael Coppock told an 18-year-old driver that he would change two traffic tickets to warnings if the teen would send him naked pictures of herself. He had ticketed the driver for speeding and having an expired registration.
Police said the officer then contacted the teen through text messages and social media.
In laying out their case for a search warrant for Coppock’s cell phone, police say they viewed screenshots of the conversations and characterized the messages as “clearly coercive in nature,” and “putting pressure” on the teen.
A police department spokesman said he wouldn’t comment on the case and called it an active investigation.
However, Coppock is still employed by the department, but the veteran officer and member of the SWAT team has been taken off patrol and so far Coppock has not been criminally charged in the case.
Court records show along with the officer’s cell phone, investigators have also received search warrants for the Snapchat accounts registered to Coppock and the 18-year-old.