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Former Oklahoma police officer accused of sexual assault ‘disgraced the badge’

Cody Even Cheyenne Kackley (Siloam Springs Police Department)

Cody Even Cheyenne Kackley (Siloam Springs Police Department)

A 35-year-old former police officer in Oklahoma faces charges after police said he drove home a drunk woman from a casino and sexually assaulted her in a bedroom before her brother walked in.

Officer Cody Even Cheyenne Kackley of the West Siloam Springs Police Department was arrested on Wednesday. He faces a felony rape charge, court documents reviewed by Law&Crime show.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the victim told police that she was at the Cherokee Casino in West Siloam, over 80 miles east of Tulsa, Okla. with a friend on Feb. 11. She drank up to 10 beers and had called her brother for a ride home.

While waiting for him outside, she said she and her friend were suddenly surrounded by a group of West Siloam police officers, who told her she had been accused of an incident inside the casino, the document states. They placed her in handcuffs and put her in the back of a patrol car.

After a time, she said police told her the charges had been dropped and let her go, the affidavit said.

She then asked Kackley for a ride home, thinking it was safe “since he was a police officer.”

She told investigators she and Kackley “flirted back and forth with each other during the drive,” the affidavit states.

Kackley told her he was going to turn his body-worn police camera off and walked the victim to her front door, which the victim thought was “odd.”

She said the sexual assault occurred inside a bedroom and ended when her brother walked in.

Surveillance footage confirmed she was highly intoxicated at the casino and required assistance to keep from falling over, the affidavit states. She had to be removed from the casino because of her high level of intoxication.

Kackley referred said the woman was “wasted,” investigators wrote.

Kackley initially told investigators that he didn’t think she was drunk but eventually admitted he downplayed her intoxication “because he did not want to get arrested for what he had done,” the affidavit states.

“Cody Kackley stated the victim had trouble remembering events from early in the night and who she was with. Cody Kackley stated he would ask the victim a question, and within minutes she would forget the question due to her intoxication,” according to the document. “Cody Kackley admitted the victim was very intoxicated during the time he was with her. Cody Kackley estimated her blood alcohol level was approximately 0.20 based on his experience with intoxicated people.”

The affidavit said he admitted he “f—ed up” and had “disgraced the badge” before breaking into tears and being arrested.

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Jerry Lambe is a journalist at Law&Crime. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and New York Law School and previously worked in financial securities compliance and Civil Rights employment law.