A loss-prevention officer at the J.C. Penney store at the Capital Mall was in jail Wednesday after two girls, ages 17 and 18, accused him of coercing them into exposing their breasts and soliciting them for sex after they were caught shoplifting.
The girls said Michael Anthony Olivas, 35, told them that if they took off their clothes, he wouldn't call police about the shoplifting. They said he then took their photos with his cellphone camera while they were undressed. Olympia Police Lt. Jim Costa said Olivas' cellphone is being processed for evidence at the State Patrol Crime Lab.
Olivas was being held Wednesday at the Thurston County Jail with bail set at $10,000 after Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor found probable cause to order him held on suspicion of one count of unlawful imprisonment with sexual motivation. ...
According to court records:
The girls initially reported to Shelton police that Olivas took them into custody for shoplifting and "threatened and pretended to call the police."
"Olivas took their cellphones and looked through them for 'dirty pictures' and asked them questions about their boyfriends," court papers state. "Olivas coerced them into exposing their nude breasts and semi-clothed groin/buttocks areas to him so he could take pictures with his cellphone to avoid going to jail."
The girls said "they were held by Olivas from 4 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. when they were released."
This behavior reminds me of the Montague County Sheriff in North Texas who caught a young woman with meth and essentially turned her out, forcing her to perform oral sex and act as his snitch to avoid prosecution.
It's also hard not to be reminded of vice cops coercing sex from escort service employees to allow them to remain in business. One study out of Chicago found that 3% of tricks by street prostitutes without pimps were freebies given to police in exchange for protection.
The common theme: officers abusing authority given them to protect the public to instead victimize women for their own gratification. This guy in Washington was an ex-cop, not a current officer, but he was still allegedly using the coercive power of the police state for his own benefit instead of enforcing the law.