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This CHP Officer Solicited Sexual Favors In Return For Clearing Cars For DMV Registration

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A registered vehicle is often key to a person's mobility, employment and family life. Without proper registration people can face fines or even lose their car.

Some officers with the California Highway Patrol hold immense power in that respect, because they decide whether your vehicle gets cleared during a routine VIN verification appointment.

An investigation found one such officer, Morgan McGrew, had propositioned and harassed 21 women while on duty and conducting such appointments, according to records from a 2016 internal investigation obtained by the California Reporting Project, a coalition of 40 news organizations across the state, including KQED, KPCC/LAist and The Associated Press.

Among other things, McGrew was found to have used women's personal cell phone numbers that he obtained on the job in order to solicit sex or dates.

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