FHP trooper accused of groping woman during traffic stop arrested

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida Highway Patrol troopers was arrested Wednesday on allegations that he groped a women during a traffic stop.

Trooper David Gonzalez, 35, is facing a battery charge and was booked into the Lake County jail.

The 21-year-old victim said Gonzalez pulled her over earlier this month for speeding on U.S. Highway 441 near the Port Mall.

She told investigators that Gonzalez told her to move her vehicle down a side street after complimenting her looks.

She said he asked her to get out of the car, and he took her phone to add himself to her Snapchat account before taking a selfie of the two of them.

The woman said Gonzalez hugged her, kissed her neck and groped her breast under her shirt.

Gonzalez allegedly continued to message her on Snapchat after the traffic stop.

On Tuesday, detectives monitored a Snapchat conversation between the victim and Gonzalez, during which they said Gonzalez said things that confirmed the victim’s account of the traffic stop.

A warrant was issued for Gonzalez’s arrest and he was taken into custody.

He’s being held on a $10,000 bond.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Gonzalez has been terminated.

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