Officer arrested, accused of touching woman during traffic stop
BATON ROUGE- A Department of Public Safety Officer was arrested, accused of touching a woman inappropriately during a traffic stop.
According to court records, 47-year-old Michael Dayne Selders pulled a woman over on Plank Road near Pride Port Hudson Road on December 14. At that time, the victim told investigators Selders touched her breasts, body and private areas and attempted to kiss her on the lips.
Court records show Selders allowed the woman to leave, and told her "don't tell anyone about this."
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputies brought Selders in for questioning, who said the woman initiatied a hug, but denied any wrongdoing. Detectives noticed inconsistencies in his statement, and Selders was arrested and booked with sexual battery and malfeasance in office.
"Our integrity is paramount, and the public demands that everyone who wears a badge is held to a higher standard," stated Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. "This incident will be investigated fully by not only the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, but also by the Louisiana State Police Internal Affairs Section."
Selders has been an employee with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety for seven years serving in the Physical Security Division. He is currently on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an Internal Affairs investigation.