Former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper accused of sex with woman pleads guilty to assault

Former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Patrick Venable pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony count of aggravated assault. He was accused of second-degree rape after he admitted to having sex with a woman following a traffic stop.
BY BRYAN DEAN Published: July 10, 2013

A former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony count of aggravated assault and battery after he was accused of having sex with a woman he stopped while on duty.

Patrick Venable, 29, was accused of taking a woman into custody June 20, 2011, on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol before taking her to her home in Guthrie and having sex with her.

Venable contended the sex was consensual, while the victim said she could not remember much about the incident.

Under the deal announced Wednesday by Logan County District Attorney Tom Lee, Venable pleaded guilty to the assault charge in exchange for prosecutors dropping a more serious charge of second-degree rape.

Lee said the victim and officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol supported the decision. Venable resigned from the patrol nine days after the incident as investigators began working on the case.

Under terms of the plea, Venable received a five-year suspended sentence, 90 days in jail and two years of supervision with evaluation and treatment as recommended, Lee said. has disabled the comments for this article.

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