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Officer Gets 6 Months For Raping Car Accident Victim

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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A former Alabama state trooper who was accused of raping a female car accident victim has been sentenced to six months in jail.

Samuel H. McHenry II, 40, was charged with rape and sodomy for the Dec. 6, 2015, incident, Associated Press reported. He was subsequently fired from his position.

According to the arrest warrant, after McHenry found pill bottles and an empty nasal spray bottle in the woman’s car, he told her she would go to jail unless she had sex with him. They were in his patrol car at the time, having left the scene of the accident.

The woman was also forced to perform oral sex on McHenry.

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"Upon notification by local law enforcement, SBI Agents immediately responded and began a criminal investigation related to serious allegations of criminal activity of a trooper while on duty,” Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier said at the time of McHenry’s arrest, according to WVTM. 

“Although everyone is entitled to due process, the severity of the allegations are unsettling,” Collier said. “Probable cause was established, and that led to the arrest. This type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Because of the seriousness of this incident, SBI Agents have worked nonstop with local law enforcement and the district attorney. We appreciate the cooperation of Sheriff Kenny Harden and the Butler County Sheriff's Department."

On March 4, McHenry was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to sexual misconduct as part of a plea deal, WAFF reported.

The charges of rape and sodomy against him were dismissed.

He will be required to register as a sex offender and his Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission certification will be revoked.

Sources: AP, WAFF, WVTM / Photo credit: The Daily Beast

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