Protective Order Dropped, Publication Sued In Tulsa Police Sex Scandal
TULSA, Oklahoma - A protective order filed against a Tulsa police captain accused in sex scandal has been dismissed. And in a related matter, a female Tulsa officer is suing This Land Press for invasion of privacy and slander.
Captain Shawn King's ex-girlfriend, Keena Roberts, accused him last month in a protective order of molesting her daughter. But one day before the case was to go to court, Roberts dropped the protective order.
Captain Shawn King's attorney said at the time, the molestation allegations were not true and simply the result of King's ex-girlfriend being angry and trying to destroy his life.
Even though the protective order has been dropped, Osage County investigators are looking into the allegations. King's attorney says King is cooperating in every way.
In a related matter, Tulsa officer Christy Kellerhals is suing This Land Press over an article printed on April 26th.
The lawsuit says Kellerhals and King had a romantic relationship between 2007 and 2009. During which they sent pictures and videos to each other of a sexual nature, many of them stored on King's computer.
The lawsuit says after that relationship ended, King began a relationship with Keena Roberts. It says Roberts became suspicious, so she broke a lock on a closet door, found King's laptop and used a computer forensics expert to crack the password.
The lawsuit says Roberts took the laptop to Tulsa's internal affairs but they could not legally access the information, so they took no action.
Roberts then took the laptop to the FBI, who also declined to take action. The suit then claims Roberts took it to the This Land Press which ran a story and published some of the pictures, including two of Kellerhals.
The lawsuit says King and Kellerhals were consenting adults and their correspondence was private. It says at no time was he ever her supervisor, and she never engaged in any sexual behavior while on duty.
The suit says This Land Press had no authority to print Kellerhals' name or picture. It says the information used in the article was illegally obtained and had no legitimate public value. The suit claims the article damaged Kellerhals reputation.
Kellerhals is asking for more than $75,000 in damages for emotional distress, loss of reputation and pain and suffering. The lawsuit also asks for more than $500,000 in punitive damages.
The attorney for This Land Press did not return calls.