STILLWATER — A former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper charged with second-degree rape told officials he had sex several times while on duty, a lieutenant said Monday.
Lt. Jason Holt testified at the preliminary hearing for Patrick Venable, 28, that the former trooper gave patrol investigators details about at least two other sexual encounters he had while he was working.
Venable, who has resigned from the patrol, is accused of taking a woman into custody about 4:35 a.m. June 20 on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, and then taking her to her house in Guthrie to have sex.
“He did not call in that stop,” Holt testified. Troopers usually call dispatch to report they're taking someone into custody or have a passenger in their vehicle, he said.
Venable's attorney, Carl Hughes, said his client was about to end his shift and didn't want to deal with taking someone to the Oklahoma County jail to be processed.
He said Venable was going to let the woman go if someone would have picked her up.
Hughes asked Holt if this was a good enough reason to let her go free. “Not in my book,” Holt said.
Special Judge R.L. Hert Jr. heard testimony from the victim and the patrol lieutenant with the investigative unit. The case was filed in Logan County, but the venue was changed to Payne County for the preliminary hearing.
Tension among attorneys grew after testimony ceased. Hert asked both counsels repeatedly to stop talking over each other.
Because of questions about the victim's testimony, Hert said he will postpone his ruling on whether Venable will stand trial on a charge of second-degree rape until a transcript of the testimony is given to both parties.
Defense attorneys will file their argument, and prosecutors will with their own. The next court date has not been set..
Throughout closing remarks, Hughes argued the woman was never in Venable's custody.
“Judge, there's no evidence,” he said. “Everybody says she was free to leave when they got to her house.”
Prosecutors pushed back, saying Venable told investigators it's possible the woman thought she was not free to leave because he was a person of authority.
The woman testified she had been drinking at a family barbecue in Macomb on June 20 and consumed at least 10 beers between 2 and 8 p.m. She then left her niece's house and went to meet her brother in Moore at a local bar, she said.
At the bar, she had more beer and liquor and then left to go home. She said she was driving home when the trooper pulled her over on the Broadway Extension in Oklahoma City.
Venable asked her to get in his car and the two began talking, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Once inside the car, Venable turned off the vehicle's camera, according to the affidavit. Investigators said the sexual contact started in the car when Venable told the woman she was pretty and she returned the compliment.
The victim testified they went to her house in Guthrie. She said she doesn't remember much from that night except a few details.
“I remember standing in my bedroom, and I hear the sound of Velcro,” she said. “The next thing I remember, we're in my bed.”
Venable said they went to her bedroom and had sex. He said the sexual contact was “100 percent consensual,” according to the affidavit.