Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie’s police officer Eric Pratt is still on active duty despite allegations of abuse and has a new position

One of the Utah cops involved in Gabby Petito and Brain Laundrie’s ‘botched’ traffic stop is still at his post despite allegations of abuse in a bombing trial, The US Sun can exclusively reveal.

Eric Pratt, who allegedly threatened to kill a former lover to silence her after their affair fizzled in 2017, is also working in a prison over the weekend.

Gabby, 22, was on an overland trip with her fiancé when she was murdered last year

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Gabby, 22, was on an overland trip with her fiancé when she was murdered last yearCredit: Social Media – See Source
Bodycam footage showed police responding to a domestic violence incident between Petito, 22, and her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, 23

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Bodycam footage showed police responding to a domestic violence incident between Petito, 22, and her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, 23Photo credit: City of Moab Police Department
Eric Pratt has been accused of threatening to kill his ex-lover, who testified in writing at the Petito trial

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Eric Pratt has been accused of threatening to kill his ex-lover, who testified in writing at the Petito trialCredit: Facebook

Pratt and Officer Daniel Robbins are among a number of defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Gabby’s family seeking $50 million in damages.

Although The US Sun revealed his ex-lover’s claims contained in the complaint in November, Pratt still works as a detective for Moab PD, which has yet to respond to the lawsuit.

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The source said: “Pratt is still actively employed at Moab PD, currently working as a detective. He also has a security job at Gunnison State Prison on the weekends.”

Pratt is also still believed to be a school resource officer at all three schools in the district: Helen M. Knight Elementary School, Margaret L. Hopkin Middle School, and Grand County High School.

Brian Stewart of the Salt Lake City law firm Parker & McConkie is representing Gabby’s parents in the lawsuit, Nichole Schmidt and Joseph Petito, who are “disappointed” by the news.

He said in an exclusive statement, “As described in the filed complaint, we believe the Moab City Police Department knew or should have known that Officer Pratt had a history of pervasive professional and sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and intimate partner violence.” obviously unfit and unsafe to be a police officer.

“The Petito family is disappointed that Moab City does not appear to be taking the allegations against Officer Pratt seriously. Gabby deserved better, and the people of Moab deserve better now.”

The US Sun has reached out to Moab PD and Gunnison State for comment but has received no response.

It’s not known how long Pratt has worked at the prison, but he likely took a second job after previously complaining on a podcast about the low pay to the police force.

Locals were previously furious after he was promoted to a detective role by Moab PD, although an investigation found he and others made “several unintentional errors” at the Petito stop.

Gabby, 22, was traveling across the country in a van with Brian when police pulled her over in the tourist town over an earlier “domestic argument” that was called.

Officers allegedly misclassified it as a mental health disruption after confronting an emotional Gabby who was struggling with anxiety and did not document any injuries she sustained.

The investigative report found that no testimony was ever obtained from the original 911 caller who claimed Brian hit Gabby, with Pratt writing in his report, “No one reported that the man hit the woman.”

Police concluded that Gabby was the main aggressor after she admitted hitting Brian, but they just decided to separate them for the night.

The latest lawsuit accuses Moab City Police of a series of negligent errors during the encounter about two weeks before Brian brutally murdered Gabby in August 2021.

DAMNING CLAIMS

It also contains a series of shocking claims about Pratt, the senior police officer at the scene, including death threats he allegedly made to a former lover.

Between 2008 and 2017, Pratt served as an officer and then police chief in Salina, Utah — 158 miles west of Moab.

“During his tenure as police chief in Salina, Pratt engaged in several extramarital affairs in the small town,” Gabby’s legal team alleged in the lawsuit.

One of Pratt’s alleged mistresses is named “Witness 1” in the 35-page complaint and provides startling testimony.

She claims it was his standard practice not to investigate or sweep cases under the rug to avoid work, saying, “It’s too much paperwork” or “No way I do all the paperwork.”

Regarding the alleged death threat, the lawsuit states, “Pratt stopped Witness 1 in her car with her 5-year-old daughter in the back seat.

“Pratt threatened her credibly and clearly, saying, ‘If any of this comes out, I’m going to kill you with a crowbar.'”

On another occasion, the witness claims Pratt told her he was so angry with her that: “If that had been a week ago, I would have dug a grave, and you would have been in it.”

Gabby’s legal team claims the woman came forward after The US Sun exclusively revealed Pratt had been promoted to detective, listed on his LinkedIn as of December 2021.

BRUTAL MURDER

The petito suit also claims Pratt’s mistress reported their turbulent affair to city officials and asked them to speak to him.

The US Sun understands there is no official documentation of a complaint at this time.

A short time later, in July 2017, he announced his retirement, saying he was “leaving full-time law enforcement” to “pursue other interests and see life from new angles,” according to local media at the time.

Moab PD declined to comment on the claims about Pratt contained in the lawsuit but insisted their officials were not responsible for Gabby’s tragic death.

A statement said: “The death of Gabrielle Petito in Wyoming is a terrible tragedy and we feel deep sympathy for the Petito and Schmidt families and the painful loss they have suffered.

“At the same time, it is clear that Moab City Police Department officials are not responsible for the possible murder of Gabrielle Petito.

“Ms. Petito reportedly died in Wyoming in late August 2021, more than two weeks after she and Brian Laundrie visited Moab and interacted with Moab City Police.

“At the time, our officers acted with kindness, respect and empathy towards Ms. Petito.

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“Attorneys for the Petito family appear to be implying that based on this single interaction, our officers could somehow see into the future.

“In truth, on August 12 no one could have predicted the tragedy that would unfold weeks later and hundreds of miles away, and the city of Moab will passionately defend this lawsuit.”

Gabby Petito's family has filed a $50 million lawsuit against Moab PD

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Gabby Petito’s family has filed a $50 million lawsuit against Moab PDCredit: momandpaparazzi.com/Splash News for The US Sun
The young girl's mother, Nichole Schmidt, was seen in tears at a previous press conference

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The young girl’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, was seen in tears at a previous press conferenceCredit: AP
Gabby is seen speaking to a police officer after being pulled over in August 2021

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Gabby is seen speaking to a police officer after being pulled over in August 2021Credit: AP

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