Two women have sued a former police lieutenant, accusing him of drugging them at a bar and abducting them by taking them to his home in November 2014.
They are also suing the city of Pine Lawn, which they said ignored a pattern of abusive and illegal behavior by the officer, Steven Blakeney, 35.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis by two lawyers with the nonprofit law group ArchCity Defenders. The suit included hundreds of pages documenting more than a decade of alleged wrongdoing by Blakeney, and said Pine Lawn failed with “deliberate indifference” to rein in a “rogue cop by any definition” and encouraged him by promoting him to the department’s highest rank, lieutenant.
The allegations are culled from Blakeney’s divorce file, police reports, complaints by Pine Lawn residents, and memos by colleagues and other St. Louis-area police officers concerned about Blakeney’s conduct.
In an emailed statement, Blakeney said in part “the complaint is extremely defamatory and false, and appears to be authored with only the intent to defame and embarrass (me), without any consistent factual merit.”
The lawsuit comes as Blakeney faces possible incarceration for his role in a conspiracy to falsely arrest a Pine Lawn mayoral candidate.
On Jan. 28, a federal court jury in St. Louis found Blakeney guilty of conspiring to falsely report that a mayoral candidate had stolen a campaign poster from a business and having that candidate arrested.
Blakeney is free on bail pending sentencing, but he must not step foot in Pine Lawn and must wear an electronic monitoring bracelet. Sentencing will be May 4. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Pine Lawn fired Blakeney in December 2014 after disclosing that he had been accused of picking up the two women at a St. Charles bar and taking them to his house in Oakville. The women, one of whom is a St. Charles police officer, submitted written statements saying they woke up in his living room with no memory of how they got there. A subordinate officer said Blakeney summoned him from work to drive the women home.
Blakeney said the women’s claims were fabricated. No criminal charges have been filed.
After his firing, Blakeney said the city was retaliating against him because he was a cooperating witness for the federal government in an extortion case against Pine Lawn Mayor Sylvester Caldwell. Caldwell was sentenced in July to 33 months in prison for extorting and trying to extort money from two businesses.