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Texas Female cop Kelly Elizabeth Helleson on cam giving 2 women body cavity searches during traffic stop

Discussion in 'Incidents of Police Abuse, Misconduct, Negligence' started by M, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. M

    M Muckraker

    Now all over the news ...

    UK Daily Mail: Female cop is terminated after performing aggressive 'body cavity search' on two women on Texas highway
    • Trooper Kelley Helleson will lose her job after probing the private parts of two female motorists
    • Colleague David Farrell has been suspended with pay after requesting the invasive cavity probe because the women were 'acting weird'
    • It is unclear whether he too will be terminated
    • Angel Dobbs, 38, and niece Ashley Dobbs, 24, are suing after the 'molestation' on State Highway 161 near Irving, Texas
    • Also suing the Texas Department of Public Safety for failing to act on previous complaints about 'violating' searches
    A female Texas trooper who performed an aggressive 'body cavity search' on two women pulled over on a state highway will lose her job.

    Kelley Helleson and her colleague Trooper David Farrell were suspended with pay last month pending an investigating into the shocking July 13 incident.

    But the Department of Public Safety announced on Tuesday that Helleson will be terminated after she probed the private parts of the motorists, who are now suing both troopers and the director of the DPS.

    'The Director of DPS has made a preliminary determination to terminate Kelly Helleson,' DPS spokesman Tom Vinger said in a statement to NBCDFW.com. 'By policy, she will be given the opportunity to meet with the director before the decision is finalized.'

    It is unclear whether Farrell will also be terminated for his part in the search, that was caught on tape.

    Farrell was the officer who pulled over the women and requested they be subject to the 'body cavity search.'
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  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/01/the_state_trooper_who_performe_1.php

    Looks like the other trooper, Farrell, will not be fired.
  3. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    thanks for the update, Mike. My bet is that although she was fired, that'll be the extent of her punishment, with no charges coming from the grand jury. I would love to be wrong. Since she was made the scapegoat, Farrell will get away with it, and so will the other folks who trained her to do what she did. My guess is that although Farrell may get away with it, he's on a very short leash.

    The young ladies who were violated appear destined to receive a very good payday for their pains.
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  4. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    but, may I add, in the parlance of the day: "woo-hoo!"
  5. M

    M Muckraker

    I was thinking along the lines of:

    Good riddance, Kelly, and may the door really wallop you in the fanny on your way out.​

    I've been looking unsuccessfully for the original source of the AP wire that laments the spokesperson was unable to provide contact info for Kelly Helleson. Her address, phone & photo are in the first post in this thread, if anyone cares to paste in the link in newspapers comments. Later posts contain more photos & even a Google Earth picture of her home.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2013
  6. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Let's send her flowers, a new box of blue latex gloves and a job application for the TSA.
  7. RB

    RB Founding Member

    How about an application to be a taxi driver in Saudi Arabia.
  8. M

    M Muckraker

    I wouldn't waste the flowers on her but I could sure go for sending her the other two items. :D
  9. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Add ........ to make it three. She'll need them if she gets hired on as a freedom ........
  10. RB

    RB Founding Member

    She'll probably get hired on with one of our local burg PD's.
  11. M

    M Muckraker

    Your hunch was possibly correct. See next post in a few minutes. :D
  12. M

    M Muckraker

    This is now > 2 weeks old, but it's hard to keep on top of everything. So much injustice, so many (expletive deleted) ...

    CBS Local DFW: Trooper Fired Over Roadside Cavity Search (Feb 8 2013)

    The female state trooper involved in a controversial roadside cavity search of two women has now been fired. In addition, CBS 11 has learned new information about the trooper’s job performance before the incident cost her the job.

    ...

    Personnel files show back in 2004, Trooper Helleson was instructed by supervisors not to lecture alleged violators.

    In 2008, records show she was involved in a collision while pursuing a violator. Supervisors told her to improve her driving skills.

    Otherwise, the department praised her volume of work as being consistently high and for her professionalism.

    As for Trooper Farrell, records show in 2009, supervisors told him to stop being coarse and badgering violators, and that he needed to study criminal and traffic law books after taking the wrong enforcement action at times. The department though promoted Farrell last March, and he also received praise for his professionalism.

    Records show Trooper Helleson served in the United States Marine Corps for three years, and Trooper Farrell served three years in the Army and spent time in Iraq.

    Farrell: Course, badgering, needed refreshers in criminal & traffic law, but praised for "professionalism"? :eek:
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  13. RB

    RB Founding Member

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  14. M

    M Muckraker

    ^

    Perhaps she'll soon be somebody's little boy. :D
  15. Something's wrong with the story here:

    I think the reporter mixed up the two cops. No way Kelley Helleson could have passed a polygraph with it all on dashcam.
  16. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    A polygraph test result has zero weight in a case. You have the testimony of the violated women, the video evidence, and the immediate on-the-spot testimony captured on the video that this joke of a human being had indeed pushed in her fingers into the cavities.

    It doesn't matter what her intent was, in this case, as she had NO legal grounds to do what she did or even to put her hands inside the clothing of these women.

    I think she's going down on this one. One of the charges is going to stick where she will never be allowed to be a police officer ever again.

    ....... Farrel the man, is also in trouble over the theft charge. He's not skating either.

    thanks for passing on this most welcome news.
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  17. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Depends on what questions were asked. Also if she thought she complied with the law there would be no guilt. Lastly clinching the butt can beat the box.
  18. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Ignorance is no excuse, nor is it possible to claim it in her case. All the prosecution has to do is bring up DPS training personnel to describe what they teach their people wrt when and how of searches. She only gets off if she can prove she was trained to do this and just followed her training. If that is proved, then the plaintiffs have a much larger legal settlement, so I don't believe DPS will oblige her.
  19. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    ha. This made Drudge! "Fingers" Helleson is going to have one very large legal bill, both for these charges and the civil suit filed by the victims. Couldn't have happened to a better person.
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