UPDATE: Former Deputy Accused Of Sexual Assault Out Of Jail

By: Jim Siedlecki, Jeff Sabin Email
By: Jim Siedlecki, Jeff Sabin Email

A former Douglas County sheriff's deputy posted bond early Tuesday morning and is out of Douglas County Corrections after being arrested for sexually assaulting a 19-year-old while on the job.

Cory Cooper turned himself in Monday morning and was booked on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault.

According to the OPD report, the alleged assault happened on February 10, 2013 at a park near 168th & F Street.

The 19 year-old victim indicated that she was "sexually assaulted by an unknown, white male whom she believed to be working in the capacity of a law enforcement officer."

The victim, who we will refer to only as Megan, and her boyfriend, were parked just off of 168th St. at Zorinsky Lake when the deputy found them.

“We were just hanging out at the park kicking it, living life,” said Megan. “And a cop came up, knocked on the window and shined a light in the car. And there was some weed sitting there.”

After moving both of them to the back of the cruiser, she says the deputy searched the car. Then he took her boyfriend from the cruiser back to his car. That's when Megan says that Cooper got in the back of his cruiser with her and started asking her if she wanted to help her boyfriend stay out of trouble.

“'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.

Cooper's attorney, Michael Fitzpatrick, says his client maintains his innocence.

“Cory one hundred percent maintains his innocence,” Fitzpatrick says. “And we're asking everyone to keep an open mind until the evidence comes forward. We are looking forward to our opportunity to go to trial so we can confront the evidence and let the chips fall where they may.”

Cooper was a five-year veteran of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department. He worked for four years as a Douglas County Corrections officer before that. He has also served in the military in Iraq and Bosnia.

Cooper has been married for eight years and has two kids, with another one on the way.

In court Monday, Cooper waived his right to a preliminary hearing So his case will be bound over to district court for trial.

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.

Channel Six Fact Finders reported in May that Cory Cooper was fired by the Douglas County sheriff's department for inappropriate behavior with the opposite sex while on-duty.

Omaha Police handled the investigation to see if that behavior was criminal. Monday morning Cooper was booked in the Douglas County Corrections Center.

Cooper is 29 years old.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Department issued this statement this morning:

"In response to the arrest of former Deputy Cory Cooper, Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning wants the public to know that former Deputy Cooper was thoroughly investigated by the Sheriff’s Office, Office of Professional Standards, and was terminated from Employment with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on May 13, 2013 for Conduct Unbecoming of an Officer."

"The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has assisted the Omaha Police Investigation in every way possible. Sheriff Dunning immediately contacted the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center and the Nebraska Crime Commission to begin a Revocation process for his certification as a Nebraska Law Enforcement Officer."

Sheriff Dunning stated “His conduct was shocking and the Sheriff’s Office fully supports his arrest. Law enforcement officers are here to protect the Public, not prey on them.”


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