North Texas Women Subjected to Roadside Cavity Search Speak Out After Troopers Indicted
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DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) - Angel and Ashley Dobbs say they’re relieved and pleased two state troopers now face criminal charges after this controversial traffic stop caught on dashcam video last July.
Angel Dobbs says, “I’m ecstatic about it.”
It shows trooper Kelly Helleson conducting a body cavity search of both women on an off-ramp of the Bush Turnpike in Irving last July.
Angel’s niece, Ashley Dobbs says, “I feel good about it. Justice is being served.”
As we reported first last Friday, a Dallas County Grand Jury charged Helleson with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of official oppression.
If convicted, she would have to register as a sex offender.
The Department of Public Safety fired Trooper Helleson.
She is appealing.
Her attorney, Robert Baskett insists Helleson didn’t assault or fondle the women.
Ashley Dobbs says, “We were there. It happened to us. It definitely makes you angry.”
The other trooper, David Farrell, who initiated the traffic stop, is charged with theft.
Angel Dobbs says her bottle of prescription pills was stolen during the traffic stop.
She says, “Protect and serve turned into intimidation and domination.”
DPS says Trooper Farrell remains suspended pending the outcome of an administrative investigation.
Both women went public last December when they filed suit against the troopers.
Last week, they testified before the Grand Jury.
Since coming forward, Angel and Ashley Dobbs say their story has gained worldwide attention, a fact that overwhelms them.
Angel Dobbs sobbed, “That’s what makes me emotional because we have had so much support from the public and it’s not just here. It’s the UK, it’s Turkey, China, Africa. It’s great medicine for your heart.”
Dobbs says she’s heard from other women who claim to have gone through the same thing — but didn’t have the courage to come forward.
It’s that silence, she says, that inspires her to speak out and fight in court.
One of her attorneys, Charles Soechting Jr. says while they dropped the director of the DPS as a defendant in the lawsuit, he and attorney Scott Palmer say they’re likely going to file suit against others in DPS.
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