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Oklahoma Trooper fired; faces felony charges for allegedly assaulting truck driver

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper who was fired Wednesday now faces felony charges after he allegedly sexually assaulted a female truck driver during a March traffic stop.

The crime was only uncovered because a supervisor reviewed the dash camera video and saw some unusual behavior.

Investigators said Jackie Lee Rhinehart tried to hide what he was doing by repositioning his patrol car in the middle of the traffic stop, so that the dash camera could not see him approach the vehicle.

Documents also said Rhinehart was wearing a body camera for at least some of the interaction, and he repeatedly pointed to his body camera out to the alleged victim, whispering, “Camera.”

The trooper pulled the 58-year-old woman over for speeding on the Will Rogers Turnpike in Craig County just after midnight on March 7. Investigators noted the woman spoke broken English, and Spanish was her primary language.

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