The former Alabama state trooper known for telling a female victim of a car crash, “Fuck me or go to jail,” has been given a light sentence after taking a plea deal. Samuel McHenry, 36, was indicted for rape and oral sodomy after the State Bureau of Investigations concluded there was significant evidence to support the allegations of his accuser.
In court in Butler County last Friday, McHenry pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, sexual misconduct. The court dismissed the charges for rape and sodomy to a misdemeanor. McHenry was sentenced to just six months in jail and a $500 fine. His police certification has been revoked and he must register as a sex offender.
McHenry’s attorneys had recently filed a motion to prevent investigators from obtaining his saliva sample in an effort to delay the grand jury. Prosecutors say December 6, 2015 McHenry arrived at the scene of a car crash and threatened to arrest the driver because he had seen pill containers in the car and an empty nasal spray bottle. McHenry threw the woman in the backseat of his patrol car and threatened to arrest her.
After driving to another location, he entered the backseat, pulled down his pants and said, “Fuck me or go to jail.” After raping the woman and forcing her to have oral sex with him, the woman went to the police for a rape kit. Investigators found evidence of semen in the patrol car which corroborated her story.
In a report by the Associated Press, over 1,000 cases were discovered where police officers had been decertified for sex crimes in the United States in the last six years. The report also explains how officers like McHenry are able to be hired by other law enforcement departments after being decertified. Many states do not look at decertification in their hiring practices, while others do not keep records of officer decertification. The state of Alabama, where McHenry was employed as a state trooper, does keep such records, but evidence suggests that he could be rehired by another state when released.