Idaho State Police officials confirmed a criminal investigation by the FBI has been launched after an eastern Idaho woman accused an ISP trooper of sexual assault. No criminal charges were ever filed against the lawman.
ISP also confirmed the ex-trooper, Ryan Blackhawk, was fired from the force for "violations of ISP procedures."
KIFI-TV, in Idaho Falls, reports the woman has filed a federal lawsuit, seeking unspecified damages against the trooper, who was stationed at ISP's Pocatello office before his dismissal.
According to court documents, the woman had been facing federal drug charges stemming from an August 2013 incident. She alleges that the trooper began texting her in October 2013 demanding sex, including an alleged text that read, "If you're not going to give it to me, I'm going to have to take it." The woman said she "felt compelled to engage in sexual intercourse" and the trooper threatened her if she told anyone what happened following the alleged assault. Additionally, the woman's drug charges were dropped a week after the alleged sex assault.
"Idaho State Police take allegations of this nature against an employee very seriously," ISP officials said in a statement Aug. 28, which also confirmed an FBI investigation resulted in no charges, but its own internal investigation resulted in Blackhawk's firing.
"No other ISP employee was found to have violated ISP procedure in this matter," the agency stated.
"We're pleased to see a new era on the horizon for Idahoans with developmental disabilities. Hopefully this settlement will bolster the voice of these Idahoans, while also permanently protecting their constitutional rights."