Lawsuit Alleges Trooper Raped Woman During Traffic Stop
An Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper is accused of raping a woman during a traffic stop, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.
The woman filed the civil rights lawsuit Monday in federal court in Tulsa.
According to the suit, the woman claims Trooper Eric Roberts stopped her on July 22. The woman says she had not violated any traffic laws, but Trooper Roberts detected the smell of marijuana in the vehicle.
The woman was traveling with a friend and claims the trooper told her friend to go to a hotel while she was told to get in the trooper's squad car.
The woman says the trooper made her access porn on her phone so he could watch and took her to a secluded area and raped her, according to the lawsuit.
OHP officials say Roberts has been with the department for 16 years.
He was placed on suspension on July 24 after OHP was made aware of the allegations.
"We take any complaint of misconduct very seriously. When this complaint was received against Trooper Eric Roberts, I ordered an immediate investigation into the matter," Chief of Patrol Colonel Ricky Adams said. "I expect the completion of this investigation very soon. These allegations are especially disturbing and must be properly completed. Any type of conduct of the nature alleged will not be tolerated."