Former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper charged with rape told officials he had sex several times on duty

Patrick Venable, 28, told Oklahoma Highway Patrol investigators that he had sex several times while he was on duty as a trooper, a lieutenant said. Venable appeared Monday for his preliminary hearing in Stillwater.
BY TIFFANY GIBSON tgibson@opubco.com Published: January 24, 2012

— 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.

Closing remarks

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.



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