Ex-Texas State Trooper Convicted for Performing Roadside Cavity Search

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If nothing else, you can at least say this about former state trooper Kelly Helleson: she proved quite willing to go above and beyond the call of duty.

That was the case anyways on the night of July 13, 2012, when she helped a colleague with a traffic stop along George Bush Turnpike in Irving. Though the alleged offense was relatively minor -- a littered cigarette butt and a phantom weed smell -- Helleson snapped on a pair of latex gloves and performed a rather invasive cavity search of the car's two occupants, Angel Dobbs and her niece, Ashley Dobbs.

See also: A State Trooper Conducted a Painful Roadside Cavity Search Over a Phantom Weed Smell, Lawsuit Claims

Lucky (if mortifying) for the Dobbs that this happened directly in front of the dash cam of a Texas Department of Public Safety squad car. That made it much easier for a Dallas County grand jury to indict her last year and it no doubt contributed to her decision this morning to plead guilty to of two counts of official oppression.

Helleson, who was fired not long after video of the cavity search went viral, will serve two years' probation and pay a $2,000 fine.

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longin4galveston
longin4galveston

"Don't mess with Texas" or risk getting a finger stuck up your @55. 

I don't know why this story has appalled me and at the same time made me laugh. I'm glad she left law enforcement, the guy who called her to do this should do the same, IMHO.

penino
penino

Kelly Helleson satisfied her sexual fantasy with that girl. Some guys and girls would have loved to be in the place of that girl to get the special treatment. LOL. We should do the right things and enjoy life. http://ow.ly/xKJ9K

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

I am generally supportive of police officers, but this did come across as a Gestapo tactic.


I am of the opinion that the officer received too light of a punishment.

J_A_
J_A_

Absolutely disgusting. $2K to get your rocks off molesting someone on the side of the road? That's it?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

These victims should have "stood their ground" and used ANY FORCE NECESSARY -- including DEADLY FORCE -- to DEFEND themselves against this RAPE!


A few DEAD Corrupt Lawbreaking Scumbag Cops from time to time would "Send a Message" to the rest of the Neanderthals in Blue to OBEY the Constitution and stop assaulting the Citizens who Pay their Salaries!



TashaKat
TashaKat

What bothers me most about this was the trooper who called this woman in to do the cavity search seems to have skated (correct me if I'm wrong).  Apparently, he did this pretty routinely, and I think he deserves to be punished. He called her in! ("...she helped a colleague...") Well? What about this "colleague" who decided that a minor traffic stop deserved a body cavity search? (Why don't you put his name in the article?) This officer (Helleson) wasn't there for the stop -- she was called in! I'm not saying she is faultless, but the instigator is...who? And what is he doing now?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Typical Cop Scum ... she should have been convicted of Forcible RAPE !!



lebowski300
lebowski300

At some point citizens in a police state like Texas simply have to risk going to jail and/or getting beaten and disobey the generally abusive point of sale law enforcement experience that is designed to be about a violation of their rights. That, and there has to be a sincere belief by law enforcement that when they beat, rape and murder citizens that sowing those seeds is going to reap a very real and very personal whirlwind of legal repercussions - and barring legal ones, extra-legal ones. 

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

You crybaby whiners not supporting our hero first responders. Shame.

roo_ster
roo_ster

So we can manually rape a female cop for a couple grand and having to report to a bureaucritter?

i am sure someone would pay the price to go latex on a gal cop.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

She got off so light because she used a condom.

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

Too bad her partner got his job back. 

JustSaying
JustSaying

I'm glad she got punished otherwise it would have set a very scary precedent. If I got a cavity search every time I had a faint weed smell, my nether regions would look like a century old bowling ball.

wcvemail
wcvemail

First! (even though she couldn't say that about the glove...)

stanacle
stanacle

@DonkeyHotay Even if you're in the right, shooting a cop will probably end badly for you.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@TashaKat Quite correct.  From 12.18.2012, Observer:


"When Angel Dobbs told Farrell she felt violated by the search, which had happened on a public roadway in full view of passersby, he told her it was justified by the odor of marijuana, which made it clear that "someone is a daily smoker in that car," according to the suit."

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

@lebowski300 unless your are rich and/or important I would extremely advise against this. The united states has 5% of the World's population and 23.4% of its prison population for a reason.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@lebowski300 I guess I could take a swipe at Texas here, but I'll refrain from doing so since there are bad cops all over America (and good ones).  What is amazing to me is the stupidity some cops have when they violate a citizen's rights on camera.  They know the camera is there. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@bvckvs ... she wasn't convicted of a sex offense, you moron.


Read the story, you daft dipshit.

tdkisok
tdkisok

@bvckvs


Sorry, I can never feel bad for a sex offender.....but you can all you want, asshole.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@ozonelarryb larry -- if that isn't "she," then you've done a horrible injustice to some completely innocent and unsuspecting person. I hope you performed due diligence before posting it.

NewsDog
NewsDog

@bvckvs  Did you actually read the same article I did? Where was DPD (Dallas Police Department) mentioned once? They were DPS (Department of Public Safety) trooers. DPD is City, DPS is State.

I'll bet you you are a DISD grad because your reading comrehension sucks.

comeon
comeon

@ozonelarryb They are not heroes if they break the law they are supposed to uphold.  They should be fired when they step over the line and violate the constitution.  Just because at one time they are first responders does not give them carte blanche as to what they want to do.  

wcvemail
wcvemail

@WhiteWhale
Yes, although he was also charged with theft of a prescription drug bottle from the women's car. Oppression AND theft -- but he's still patrolling and probably still claiming to smell weed and probably still calling for searches when he wants a little roadside exposure.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Add another to the list of doofuses who don't understand sarcasm.

EnochMunch
EnochMunch

@wcvemail @WhiteWhale I remember reading (shortly after the incident occurred) that the he used the "mary jane smell" claim on a regular basis on the same stretch of road.

Charlie
Charlie

@wcvemail @WhiteWhale not to mention the fact that he caused the cavity search to happen in the first place.  it was on his orders that the female officer was dispatched to the scene and he gets nothing.  They needed a sacrificial lamb and decided to just fire the broad to protect the boys club

ewshep
ewshep

@DonkeyHotay @bvckvs Not convicted means nothing. She put her digits into another person. She's guilty as fuck of forcible rape, dumbass.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@bvckvs <== still too stupid to READ the story and comprehend that she was not convicted of any sex offense.



bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz I see he listed "Atlas Shrugged" as a "like." That alone should put him behind bars for a decade or two.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz

@bvckvs @NewsDog Hey Sanders, I read you've got some warrants out for your arrest. Would that be why you are so bitter toward the police?


Don't go pulling an Elliot Rodgers on us now. 

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@bvckvs @NewsDog Which tantrum you referring to, bvckvs? NewsDog's slam at DISD  or your own swipe at DPD for something done by a DPS officer?

stanacle
stanacle

@ozonelarryb Poe's law, named after its author Nathan Poe, is an Internet adage reflecting the idea that without a clear indication of the author's intent, it is difficult or impossible to tell the difference between an expression of sincere extremism and a parody of extremism.

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