TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A district judge agreed Friday to delay the jury trial of a Tulsa County sheriff’s deputy who’s charged with sexually assaulting at least two women when he was on duty.
Gerald Nuckolls, 27, was to go on trial this coming Monday on sexual battery and indecent exposure charges, but District Judge William LaFortune postponed the proceedings until Oct. 12 because of an illness in the defense attorney’s family.
Nuckolls resigned from the sheriff’s office shortly after his arrest last September. He’s pleaded not guilty to the charges and is free on bond. Nuckolls declined to comment on his case before Friday’s hearing.
Defense attorney Terry Funk told LaFortune that he expects the case to go to trial. Funk said after the hearing that there have been plea deal discussions with prosecutors, but no agreement has been reached.
Outside the courtroom, Funk reiterated that Nuckolls did nothing wrong.
“He’s a strong person,” Funk said. “A lot of people believe in him, including me.”
Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said Friday that prosecutors are legally prohibited from discussing any plea negotiations.
The arrest and booking report indicates that Nuckolls told detectives he “has a problem for pretty women” and that “sexual-type activity has occurred” during encounters with about six women during traffic stops or on other calls. Nuckolls also allegedly told investigators that he had exposed himself to several of the women and exchanged nude pictures with them.
Around the time of Nuckolls’ arrest last year, two other Oklahoma law enforcement officers had been taken into custody for similar allegations of sexual assault.
Eric Roberts resigned as an Oklahoma state trooper last September and is accused of sexually assaulting three women during traffic stops. Roberts faces a total of 12 charges in three cases against him and has pleaded not guilty.
Last August, Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was charged with sexually assaulting women while on patrol. Holtzclaw has pleaded not guilty and was fired from the force in January.
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