Gov. Mary Fallin’s ex-aide charged in alleged photo scandal
OKLAHOMA CITY – Charges have been filed against a former member of the Oklahoma governor’s staff who was investigated on allegations that he took photos or video up a woman’s skirt at the State Capitol without her permission during a May budget meeting.
Oklahoma County District Court records show that charges of offering false or fraudulent evidence, a felony, and a misdemeanor charge of destruction of evidence were filed Tuesday against 29-year-old Travis Goss Brauer.
The charges allege Brauer destroyed or altered a cellphone and a laptop that were part of an investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
A report says Brauer searched the internet multiple times with searches like: “what do officers use to download contents on phones,” “how to recover deleted pictures on iphone,” “how to recover deleted pictures on android,” “how to completely wipe a phone,” “How to completely wipe a phone before police,” “what do police officers do to extract pictures off phones” and “what information will be pulled from phone when law enforcement scnas (sic) it.”
When asked about photographing the woman who made the report, Brauer stated, “I don’t believe so” and “I don’t think I took a picture of her.”
Brauer resigned July 11 as Gov. Mary Fallin’s executive assistant. Court records do not indicate whether he is represented by an attorney.
“After months of thought and consideration, I have decided that it is time for me to actively pursue other opportunities. I feel it is unfair to you and the people of Oklahoma, for my primary focus and energy to be on these endeavors,” Brauer said in his resignation letter.