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Oklahoma ex-trooper is accused of turning off car camera before sexual contact

Patrick Venable, 27, is accused of taking a woman into custody in Oklahoma City on June 20 and driving her to Guthrie where the two had sex. He told investigators the sexual contact was consensual.
BY TIFFANY GIBSON Modified: August 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm •  Published: August 17, 2011

GUTHRIE — A former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper charged with rape turned off his car camera and had sexual contact with an intoxicated woman in his patrol car after pulling her over for suspicion of driving under the influence, according to an affidavit.

Patrick Venable, 27, is accused of taking the woman into custody on the Broadway Extension in Oklahoma City at 4:35 a.m. June 20 and then driving her to her house in Guthrie to have sex. Venable was charged in Logan County on Tuesday with second-degree rape. Venable, who has quit the patrol, said the sex was consensual. He plans to plead not guilty.

According to a probable cause affidavit released Wednesday, Venable began his shift at 8 p.m. June 19, and his shift was scheduled to end at 6 a.m. June 20.

Venable told patrol investigators he was on duty and traveling north on Broadway Extension when he noticed a car “all over the road.” He said he pulled over the car near the Kilpatrick Turnpike. He said he detected an odor of alcohol and suspected the woman was intoxicated.

The trooper told the woman to have a seat in his patrol car.

Recorder turned off

He said he began to question her and at some point turned off the in-car camera because “he did not want a DUI stop recorded where he did not know what he was going to do,” according to the affidavit.

A highway patrol lieutenant later collected the in-car recorder compact discs, which showed the car recorder turn off when Venable and the woman got in the car, according to the affidavit.

Venable said her speech was slurred and her eyes “were a wreck.” He said he had arrested several hundred people for DUI and, based on this experience, thought the woman's blood alcohol concentration would be close to 0.15 — higher than the legal limit of 0.008.

He said he felt the woman was so intoxicated that he did not need to perform sobriety tests, according to the affidavit.

The woman, interviewed Aug. 4, admitted she was intoxicated and said there was sexual contact in the trooper's car.

At some point in the conversation, the two became friendly, and Venable told the woman she was pretty and she returned a compliment, he told investigators.

Venable told investigators he thought the woman realized she was not going to jail, but he said he did not make any deals about keeping her from going to jail in exchange for sex.

At first, he told the woman she was not free to leave but later said she could leave after the conversation became friendly. Venable changed his mind again and said he would not let her go unless a ride picked her up, according to the affidavit.

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