DALLAS (September 10, 2013)—Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper David Farrell has been acquitted of a theft charge stemming from a videotaped traffic stop during which another officer performed roadside body cavity searches of two women.
Farrell was found not guilty Friday of theft by a public servant.
Farrell denied accusations that he stole hydrocodone pills during the 2012 stop in Irving after he reported seeing two women throw cigarette butts out the window.
No drugs were found.
Farrell's lawyer says one woman took the stand but testified she never saw the trooper take her pills.
Both women reached a $185,000 settlement with the state in a civil rights lawsuit.
The trooper accused of the search, Kelly Helleson, was fired and awaits trial on sexual assault and official oppression counts.