A Nebraska deputy who forced a 19-year-old woman into the back of his patrol car before unzipping his pants and pulling out his penis, ordering her to perform oral sex in exchange for not arresting her for marijuana, agreed to a plea deal this week where he will not have to register as a sex offender.
Cory Cooper, who has since lost his job at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, is expected to serve six months in jail when he is sentenced in June. A slap on the wrist considering he was facing up to 25 years on felony first-degree sexual assault when he was first arrested in 2013 after it was also proven he tampered with evidence to cover up for his crime.
The incident took place in February 2013 when Cooper confronted the victim and her boyfriend inside a car at a park, shone his flashlight inside and discovered they were in possession of marijuana.
At first, he placed both of them in the back of his patrol car, but then he ordered the woman’s boyfriend back to the other car where he then hopped in the back seat, ordered the woman to remove her top and pulled down his pants.
He wasn’t arrested until four months later after a two month investigation, according to a June 2013 article from WOWT.
“’What do you want to do to get your friend out of jail to keep him out of trouble,’” Megan said. “And I was like ‘I don’t know what you want from me. I don’t know what you want me to do. This doesn’t make any sense.’ And that went on for like and hour and a half.”
Prosecutors say Cooper then coerced her to perform oral sex on him in the back of his cruiser.
“It’s kind of like you’re sitting in the back of a cop car. And you can’t get out. And there’s somebody standing there with their pants unzipped like what are you gonna do,” she said.
Prosecutors say Cooper altered paperwork in an attempt to cover up where he had had been the night of February 10th. They also says the investigation uncovered GPS information that puts Cooper’s cruiser in the park at the time of the incident.
Fast forward to April 2015 and the victim told prosecutors she wanted to avoid reliving the experience, meaning she did not want to go to trial and face the man who forced her to suck his penis. There is also a chance she was coerced into accepting the deal as cops always seem to get added protection from the court system.
That enabled prosecutors to strike a deal where he would plead guilty misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and attempted tampering with physical evidence. Misdemeanor third-degree assault is defined below.
While it may appear as if Cooper got off lightly, he didn’t get off as lightly as Omaha police officer Scott Antoniak, who served no jail time after he was convicted of first-degree sexual assault by forcing prostitutes to perform oral sex on him in exchange for not getting arrested. He only to receive probation.
But unlike Antoniak, he is listed on the state’s sexual offender registry. At this time, Cooper is still a certified law enforcement officer in Nebraska, but that might be revoked.