The Edmond Sun

October 2, 2012

Logan Co. court sets ex-trooper’s trial

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A Logan County judge has set a date for the trial of an ex-Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper facing a second-degree rape charge.

In August 2011, Logan County District Attorney Tom Lee filed a felony second-degree rape charge against Patrick R. Venable, 27, of Edmond. The crime is punishable by a prison sentence of 1-15 years after conviction.

Following several delays, a Feb. 4 date has been set for the start of the trial in Logan County District Court.

In April, the defendant entered a plea of not guilty.

In a previous report, Edmond attorney Carl Hughes, a member of the defendant’s defense team, said his client was shocked by the allegation of sexual misconduct, and the charge lacks specifics that constitute a crime occurred.

Prosecutors allege that on June 20 the defendant was on duty operating a marked highway patrol unit when he stopped the victim on the Broadway Extension near the Kilpatrick Turnpike.

The defendant determined the victim was operating a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and ordered her into his patrol car, according to court records. While in custody, the defendant transported the victim to her Guthrie residence and allegedly had sex with the victim in violation of state law.

Hughes said he has known Venable, who grew up in Edmond, since the ex-trooper played Little League baseball.

In June 2011, Venable resigned amid the allegations of sexual misconduct. | 341-2121, ext. 108