BAYTOWN, Texas– Charges have been filed against a Baytown police officer for allegedly soliciting a teen for sexually explicit photos during a traffic stop.
Michael Coppock, a nine-year veteran, has been charged with bribery.
Lieutenant Steve Dorris, of the Criminal Investigations Division with the City of Baytown Police Department, held a press conference Thursday to discuss the allegations against Coppock.
According to authorities, Coppock, 33, told an 18-year-old he pulled over that he would change her citation to a warning if she provided him with sexual images.
Baytown Police Chief C. Keith Dougherty dismissed Coppock after he was indicted by a Harris County grand jury.
The Baytown Police Department has released a statement that read, in part:
“The Baytown Police Department takes allegations of wrongdoing or misconduct by our officers very seriously. The trust and confidence of our community is paramount and as such we hold our officers to the highest levels of integrity as well as moral, ethical and professional standards. We ask that the community continue to place its trust and confidence in our organization as the actions of Mr. Coppock are not reflective of the other men and women of the Baytown Police Department who don the badge and uniform every day and proudly serve with integrity and honor.”