Sheriff’s deputies: Department of Public Safety officer arrested, accused of groping woman during traffic stop _lowres

Michael Selders

Authorities on Sunday arrested a Department of Public Safety officer accused of groping a woman during a traffic stop Saturday and then misleading investigators.

Michael Selders, 47, pulled over a woman for a traffic stop early Saturday on La. 67 near Port Hudson Pride Road, according to an arrest report. He later told East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s investigators it was because she had run a red light.

The woman, who was driving home from work, told deputies that Selders was a frequent customer at her place of employment.

After making the woman get out of her car, Selders began to grope her and tried to kiss her on the lips, deputies said. She turned away and got back into her car, at which point Selders told her, “Don’t tell anyone about this,” the arrest report says.

He got back into his squad car and drove away without calling in the traffic stop as required, deputies said. However, the woman called the police.

When investigators later questioned Selders, they noticed several inconsistencies in his account and arrested him, deputies said.

“Our integrity is paramount, and the public demands that everyone who wears a badge is held to a higher standard,” State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said in a written statement.

Selders has worked for seven years in the Physical Security Division of the Department of Public Safety, a branch of State Police.

He was placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation, said Lt. J.B. Slaton, a State Police spokesman.

Selders, 233 Genola Road, Clinton, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of sexual battery and malfeasance in office.

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