Another Woman Claims Trooper Kidnapped, Harassed Her

A third woman has come forward to say she was kidnapped and harassed by an on-duty state Highway Patrol trooper in Orange County.

Trooper Michael A. Steele turned himself in to authorities Friday and made his first appearance in court.

The 28-year-old worked for the Highway Patrol for three years before he resigned in September.

Steele faces 12 charges, including sexual battery, extortion and kidnapping. The charges are based on the three women's claims that, on separate occasions in August, he forced them to get into his patrol car and made sexual advances.

The women were Hispanic.

The charges are the result of a probe by the State Bureau of
Investigation and the FBI.

Steele might also face federal charges, Woodall said. A Durham attorney who represents the woman said his client is still traumatized by the event and has had to seek counseling. He said she worries that Steele will seek revenge because she is cooperating with authorities.


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