In-Car Recorder Snares Officer for Sexual Assault

Most in-car and body-worn recording devices used by police have a "privacy" switch to stop recording if the officers don't want a record of what they're saying.
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Most in-car and body-worn recording devices used by police have a "privacy" switch to stop recording if the officers don't want a record of what they're saying--in case they discuss personal matters or complain about the boss, for example.

But one Dallas police officer inadvertently recorded evidence of something much worse, authorities say: his sexual assault of a woman in his patrol car, while he was on duty. He's been fired and arrested on an aggravated sexual assault charge.

The Dallas Morning News has the story: Jeffrey Thorn, 26, was still on probation as a new officer. Investigators say he picked a woman up late Thursday night (June 24) and threatened to take the woman to jail unless she performed a sex act.

The paper says authorities believe the woman refused multiple times. And the cruiser's audio recording system caught the conversation.

The encounter was interrupted by a police supervisor in the area who noticed the patrol car idling for an unusual length of time.

The Dallas Morning News has much more here.

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