| Two Women Sue After Roadside Body Cavity Search For Pot|
January 3, 2013
Texas Women Endured Aggressive Fondling of Private Parts In Public
Two Texas women are filing a lawsuit after state troopers gave them an aggressive roadside body cavity search last July -- supposedly "searching for drugs" -- which was caught on video.
Female state trooper Kellie Helleson is seen aggressively fondling the private parts of Angel Dobbs, 38, and her niece Ashley Dobbs, 24 -- in full view of passing vehicles, reports the Daily Mail.
The women said the trooper used the same rubber gloves for both of them. The women said Trooper Helleson used her fingers to publicly probe their anuses and vaginas on the roadside.
They were stopped by Helleson's colleague, Trooper David Farrell, on State Highway 161 near Irving, Texas, after he claimed he saw one of them throw a cigarette butt out the car window.
Trooper Farrell can be heard in the disturbing video asking the women about marijuana, although he failed to find any evidence whatsoever of cannabis in the vehicle.
The trooper requested that the women be searched after claiming they were "acting weird."
He then tried to "morph this situation into a DWI investigation," the lawsuit states, reports Kevin Krause of the Dallas Morning News.
Angel Dobbs passed a roadside "sobriety test," and the women were released after being warned for littering.
Helleson irritated an anal cyst Angel Dobbs suffers from during the cavity search, causing Dobbs "severe and continuing pain and discomfort," according to the lawsuit. "Angel Dobbs was overwhelmed with emotion and a feeling of helplessness and reacted stating that Helleson had just violated her in a most horrific manner," the suit states.
The lawsuit also includes the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Steven McCraw, who allegedly ignored previous complains about "unlawful strip searches, cavity searches and the like."
Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger said Trooper Helleson has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.
The incident amounted to a roadside sexual assault, according to the Dobbs' lawyer, Scott H. Palmer. "You can see what's happening clearly," Palmer told the Dallas Morning News of the video. "No one's ever seen the likes of this. We can't let them get away with it."