Female Texas trooper in body search faces firing

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Associated Press

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 2:02 PM

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas trooper faces dismissal amid the investigation of her videotaped body cavity search of two women along a Dallas-area highway.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger says agency director Steve McCraw has made a preliminary determination to terminate Trooper Kelly Helleson. Vinger, in a statement Wednesday, said Helleson will have the opportunity to meet with McCraw before her firing is final.

Helleson and Trooper David Ferrell in December were put on paid suspension as the case awaits review by a Dallas County grand jury.

Texas Rangers helped investigate last July's traffic stop in Irving. An Irving woman and her adult niece on Dec. 17 sued both troopers and McCraw claiming the search was illegal and humiliating. No drugs were found.

Vinger did not have contact information for Helleson.

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