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Trial Underway for Tulsa Deputy Accused of Sexual Assault

16-Oct-2015

A former Tulsa County Sheriff's Deputy is on trial this week, accused of sexually assaulting two women in separate incidents while he was on duty. You may remember that former deputy Gerald Nuckolls was one of three Oklahoma law enforcement officers accused within a very short time span of on-duty sexual assaults: 

  • Former Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Roberts was accused in July of raping and sexually assaulting three women he pulled over in traffic stops. He will face trial on 10 felony and four misdemeanor counts, including second degree rape, sexual battery, and bribery. 
  • Former Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw is charged with raping and sexually assaulting eight women during traffic stops or pedestrian stops in Oklahoma City. He is charged with 36 criminal counts related to the eight cases, including rape, sexual battery, and indecent exposure. Holtzclaw's bond was revoked after he twice violated the conditions of his house arrest.

In Nuckolls's case, a woman reported to police that the deputy sexually assaulted her after showing up at her home, allegedly to investigate a hang-up 911 call. The woman testified that Nuckolls spoke with a visitor at the home and became convinced that illegal drugs were hidden on the premises. He allegedly took the woman to her garage to under the pretense of searching for drugs, but instead became flirtatious. She says he asked whether she was wearing a bra before pinching her breast and pulling on the top of her dress. The woman testified that the deputy then exposed himself to her. She says she told him she didn't want to look at it and wanted to leave the garage.

The second allegation came after a woman heard reports of the accusations against Nuckolls. She testified that she was depressed and drinking alone in her vehicle when a former Reserve Deputy approached to help, thinking she was having car trouble. Instead, he became concerned that she was suicidal and called 911. When Nuckolls arrived, the former reserved deputy left. The woman says that she told him that she needed to use the restroom, and he told her to relieve herself on the ground beside the car. She testified that when she came back around from the passenger side, the deputy had exposed himself and demanded that she touch him. She said that she complied because she was afraid she would be arrested for having an open container of alcohol in her car.  When another deputy arrived about 15 minutes later, Nuckolls left and the woman was arrested for public intoxication.

Nuckolls is on trial for three counts of sexual battery and two counts of indecent exposure. He is expected to testify in his own defense. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison for each count of sexual battery and indecent exposure. Sexual battery is a Level 3 sex offense in Oklahoma, requiring lifetime sex offender registration. Indecent exposure is a Level 1 offense, requiring sex offender registration for 15 years.  



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