District Attorney General: THP trooper accused of groping woman cleared of criminal charges

JACKSBORO, Tenn. (WVLT) -- According to the office of the 8th Judicial District Attorney General, a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper who was accused of groping a woman in Campbell County last August was cleared of any criminal charges against him.

Trooper Isaiah Lloyd was previously placed on desk duty during an internal review of the claims in a lawsuit filed by Patricia Wilson. The THP cleared Lloyd earlier in February 2018.

According to the lawsuit filed on Jan. 26, Wilson said Lloyd pulled her over for not wearing a seat belt on Aug. 16, 2017. Wilson said in the suit that she was dressed in tight-fitting clothing that she wears as a janitor.

Wilson claimed that Lloyd asked her to get out of her car on the side of Interstate 75 in Campbell County and asked her to lift up her shirt and camisole. He then allegedly felt around her waistline, putting his hands down in her underwear and touching her buttock and pubic area. Wilson said she didn't stop Lloyd because he is a police officer, and that she was afraid of what he might do to her if she made her objections known.

The lawsuit stated Lloyd then gave her a ticket for not wearing a seat belt and she continued to work. Three hours later, Wilson said she saw Lloyd make a u-turn to pull her over again. This time, Wilson had her 3- and 8-year-old children in the car.

Lloyd allegedly said, "We have to stop meeting like this," and told her he wouldn't ticket her for having tinted windows. According to the lawsuit, Lloyd then asked her where she was headed, and Wilson told him she was driving to her children's father's house and then back to her own.

A release from the DA's office on Thursday stated that, "Our review of this matter revealed that Trooper Lloyd's actions were inconsistent with his training and Tennessee Department of Safety General Orders. However, we do not believe that Trooper Lloyd's actions during his encounters with Ms. Wilson in Campbell County on August 16, 2017 form the basis for any criminal charge against him."

The DA's office said their review had been forwarded to the Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security David Purkey. They also forwarded the findings of their review to Trooper Lloyd in order to "prevent similar incidents in the future."

The pending seat belt violation against Wilson was dismissed by the DA's office.