Former Texas Trooper takes Guilty Plea

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Kelly Helleson, a former Texas Highway Patrol trooper, took a guilty plea in the case against her for the roadside body cavity search of two women in Irving.  Helleson was charged with two counts of Sexual Assault, but those charges were dropped in return for her pleading guilty to two counts of Official Oppression.  She will serve two years probation and pay a $2,000 fine.  In addition, she lost her peace officer license.  If she violates probation, she will face a year in jail.

The trooper who called her out to do the search, David Ferrell, was indicted for theft by a public servant, but was acquitted of those charges.  He was not fired for his role in the search.

Originally, the Texas DPS-Highway Patrol did not take the allegations seriously and threatened to file charges on the victims.  The victims then filed a lawsuit, settling for $185,000.

 

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Arrest for Failure to Identify in Houston

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http://www.khou.com/video/raw/RAW-Cell-phone-video–206701291.html

The above link is raw video of a clearly illegal arrest.  As I noted in a previous post, you cannot arrest for fail to identify based on someone refusing to provide their information while being detained.

In addition, there is no “fail to ID” exception to the requirement for a search warrant.  The deputies were clearly trespassing and clearly violating Jennifer Limon’s civil rights.

The Constable for Precinct One is Alan Rosen, 713-755-5200 (main number).  One of his sergeants, Sgt. J.C. Mosier, believes the same thing and told the TV station (KHOU) that they had to identify themselves.

Since the Constable’s Office clearly doesn’t know the law, you may also want to contact the Harris County District Attorney to ask why they aren’t looking at prosecuting the deputies for Official Oppression.  Their number is 713-755-5800.

 

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