Prosecutor, defense attorney stepping down from case against ex-trooper accused of rape during traffic stops

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TULSA, Okla. – A prosecutor and defense attorney involved in the case of an ex-Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper accused of assaulting three women during traffic stops are stepping down and will be working at the same law firm.

Prosecutor Maxey Reilly left the Creek County District Attorney’s office to partner with longtime defense attorney Carla Stinnett.

Reilly told The Associated Press Wednesday that Stinnett plans to withdraw this week as defense attorney for ex-patrolman Eric Roberts to avoid any appearance of a conflict.

Reilly says she left to be closer to family in Okemah, where Stinnett has a second office, and had nothing to do with Roberts’ case.

The 43-year-old is accused of second-degree rape, rape by instrumentation, sexual battery, forcible sodomy and procuring indecent exposure.

OHP investigators have said there were three victims and three other questionable traffic stops.

Investigators claim the 16-year veteran trooper allegedly pulled the women over in Creek County with the intent to sexually assault them.

During all of those stops, officials say Roberts turned off his camera and microphone.

Roberts has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is free on bond.

Roberts was suspended in July 2014 and resigned two months later following his arrest.

The departure of both attorneys could delay a fall jury trial for Roberts indefinitely.

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