Two local towns saw police officers accused of sex crimes in Oklahoma last week. On Wednesday, February 23, a Hennessey police officer was arrested for sexually assaulting a child under the age of 14.
The following day, a Cherokee police officer was charged in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, with solicitation of prostitution and rape by instrumentation in addition to other charges not sex-related. Both officers admit to the sexual encounters, but the Cherokee officer claims that sex with his 19-year-old accuser was consensual.
Potential Sex Charges Against OK Police Officers
Cherokee police officer David Cole, 46, allegedly met his accuser at the Alfalfa County Courthouse the week before the sexual encounter with the woman. He is accused of inviting her to his apartment and visiting her residence and offering money in exchange for sex. The woman went to Cole's apartment and had a sexual encounter. She told police that Cole said, "If you're good to me, I'll be good to you," and that she felt intimidated because he was wearing his gun. She said Cole told her that he didn't want her to think she was "prostituting" herself.
While the woman was at his apartment, Cole is accused of ignoring a dispatcher's request to respond to a call of a car driving erratically. Officer Cole says that the sexual encounter with the 19-year-old woman was consensual and even provided investigators with an audio recording of their sexual encounter and prior conversations.
Cole has been charged with solicitation of prostitution and willful omission to perform the duties of a public officer, both misdemeanor charges. He has also been charged with the Oklahoma felony offenses of rape by instrumentation and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Hennessey police officer Patrick Clay Stackhouse, 28, was also charged with an Oklahoma sex offense last Thursday. Stackhouse was charged with child sexual abuse in Oklahoma.
The victim was identified in one news source as a 10-year-old family member who told a school counselor that she was being sexually molested by Stackhouse, and that the abuse began when she was 8 years old. Stackhouse admitted to sexually assaulting the child several times and told investigators that he had a problem with pornography.
He currently faces only one count, but more charges are expected to follow. Officer Stackhouse has prior misdemeanor convictions of possession of drug paraphernalia and transporting an open container. He received a one-year deferred sentence for these offenses in 2005.