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Former DPS officer hit with new sex-related accusation

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Posted: Thursday, December 16, 2004 10:40 am

A former Arizona Department of Public Safety officer who was arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs to a prostitute was recently accused of kissing and groping another woman during a DUI stop last year, according to police records.

The formal complaint, filed with DPS in October, was the second to accuse Michael D. Thompson, 31, of Mesa, of inappropriate sexual behavior while on duty, according to the DPS investigative report released Friday to the Tribune.

Thompson, who is married and has children, is awaiting trial on felony drug charges stemming from his Sept. 23 arrest, when DPS investigators videotaped him giving cocaine to a prostitute with whom he was having an affair, Maricopa County Superior Court records state.

He was released on $10,000 bail and has pleaded innocent to felony charges of transferring illegal drugs.

In the recent complaint, a 34-year-old Tolleson woman said Thompson stopped her and a friend in Phoenix last September on suspicion of DUI.

A breath test indicated she was three times over the legal limit, but Thompson allowed her to drive to her friend’s house a few blocks away, according to the complaint.

He told her she was under arrest but he needed to interview her further inside the house.

She told detectives she was shocked when he asked her what kind of underwear she was wearing and then asked her to show him. He grabbed the back of her underwear and made them visible above her pants, saying, "That’s nice."

He then groped her breasts, she told detectives.

She said he then told her, "This is your lucky night because you’re not going to jail," the report states. With a kiss on the lips, he then left, saying, "I’ll be seeing you."

Thompson was investigated in another incident last year, when a 53-year-old female truck driver accused him of making inappropriate comments about her looks and rubbing his arm against hers twice during a traffic stop, according to a 2003 complaint.

Thompson was not disciplined in the incident because the woman said she did not want punitive action. Thompson told DPS officials that he had learned a great deal from the incident, according to the internal investigation.

DPS investigators were tipped off earlier this year by a Phoenix police officer about Thompson’s suspected involvement with the prostitute, who then cooperated with police during their undercover investigation.

According to investigators’ interviews with her, Thompson supplied her with methamphetamine, cocaine and Oxycontin. His methods included leaving meth under a rock in front of her house.

He also offered to look through a box of identifications he had for one that she could use, the investigative report stated.

In the days before his arrest, he started to become nervous, she told detectives. During one rendezvous at a Mesa motel, Thompson asked her if there were cops in the room by writing it on a pad of paper. He then searched her for a body wire, the report stated.

Video released by DPS shows officers barging inside the motel room the next day, handcuffing Thompson before he could get off the bed.

His trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 14.

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