Oklahoma Highway Patrol concludes sexual misconduct investigation

Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Patrick Venable resigned June 29 amid accusations.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Modified: July 22, 2011 at 9:56 pm •  Published: July 22, 2011

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has concluded an investigation into sexual misconduct by one of its troopers, Col. Kerry Pettingill said Friday.

Pettingill said the Oklahoma Highway Patrol received an anonymous phone call regarding misconduct by trooper Patrick Venable, 27, several weeks ago. The agency has turned over its findings to the Logan County district attorney Friday, Pettingill said.

“We take such allegations very seriously,” Pettingill said.

“It goes against our very core values if this proves to be true. We have to have the people of this state trust us. As enforcers of the law, we have to enforce the laws even if it's internal. However, there's only so much we can do. We've done that.”

Pettingill said Venable resigned June 29 after being interviewed by investigators. He declined to specify what the allegations were against Venable, and he did not take questions from reporters.

Records list an Edmond address for Venable. A phone call to his residence was not returned Friday night. A check of Logan County court records did not show any charges filed against Venable on Friday.

In January, Venable was praised for preventing construction workers on the Belle Isle Bridge from being injured by a drunken driver. Venable crashed his car into the man's vehicle forcing him away from construction workers.

“I didn't do anything out of the ordinary,” Venable told KWTV. “We are trained when something happens you act immediately, and when this happened it all went back to my training. I knew what I had to do to end what could have been a really bad scene at the end.”

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