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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.

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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