Oklahoma Highway Patrol captain indicted after blackmail investigation

OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma Highway Patrol captain who was under investigation for allegedly blackmailing an agency leader has been indicted.

In December, a search warrant affidavit showed that 47-year-old Troy German was accused of meeting with Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Commissioner Rusty Rhoades in the fall. During those times, German allegedly threatened to expose information regarding Rhoades and others that could embarrass them.

Rhoades told investigators German said he had "subpoenable" information regarding improprieties in the OHP's promotional process involving Rhoades, Harrell and OHP Captain Brian Orr. The court documents do not detail the alleged "improprieties" German threatened to expose, or the veracity of those claims, but said the information, "whether true or false," could subject Rhoades and Harrell to ridicule, degrade or disgrace them.

Rhoades told investigators that German wanted him to use his authority as DPS commissioner to "pledge his support for a political appointment at the state level" or assure him a promotion to OHP command staff with a rank of major.

The Department of Public Safety sent a statement today, following News 4's request for comment in December.

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and Oklahoma Highway Patrol are thankful for the hard work of the citizens serving on the multi-county grand jury that handed down the felony indictment for blackmail against Troy German yesterday evening. The indictment of Mr. German is the culmination of a thorough internal investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol into not only the blackmail allegation by Commissioner Rusty Rhoades, but also a rigorous and comprehensive inquiry into all statements and evidence provided by Mr. German regarding alleged improprieties in the promotional process within the agency. OHP cooperated fully with Attorney General Mike Hunter and his staff in their independent review of the internal investigation, and fully supported the decision to escalate the matter to the grand jury. Ultimately, the process resulted in the sole indictment for Mr. German. Commissioner Rhoades, Colonel Michael S. Harrell, and Captain Brian Orr are not facing criminal prosecution or administrative action.

The conduct of Mr. German and the actions of other members of the Patrol who condoned or colluded with him are wholly inconsistent with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s core values of honesty, loyalty, integrity, respect, self-discipline and professionalism. The Patrol holds all employees, whether sworn law enforcement or professional staff, to the highest personal and professional standards, and can assure the public that all those who have violated our standards of conduct will be held accountable without delay.

Attempts to reach German for comment were unsuccessful, despite multiple attempts by phone, email and social media.

Court documents obtained by KFOR show that German has been indicted by the multi-county grand jury on a charge of blackmail.

German's attorney told NewsOK that German denies any allegations of blackmail. Instead, he says that German was a "whistleblower who exposed corruption at the highest levels of the highway patrol."

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