- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A former Oklahoma sheriff’s deputy accused of sexually assaulting at least two women while on duty was ordered Friday to stand trial in the case.

Gerald Nuckolls, 26, who has pleaded not guilty, was ordered to go on trial on two counts each of sexual battery and indecent exposure following a preliminary hearing in Tulsa County District Court.

Online court records show that prosecutors dropped one count of sexual battery involving a woman who failed to appear for court, but added another count involving a different woman. A charge of outraging public decency also was dismissed.

The woman whose allegations launched the investigation into the former Tulsa County deputy testified Friday that he arrived at her home on Sept. 16 and said there had been three 911 hang-up calls traced to her home, according to the Tulsa World.

She testified that Nuckolls was rude and persistent about drugs being either in her home or in a barn adjacent to her home, and that she followed him to the barn because she feared he would plant drugs there.

The woman said Nuckolls exposed himself to her while they walked to the barn. She said he told her repeatedly that she was “very pretty” and asked why she “lived out north” before telling her “you should move out south with me” while he searched the house.

A second woman testified that Nuckolls ordered her to touch him sexually after he was called to assist her after another couple found her crying inside her parked car on the side of the road just south of the Tulsa city limits.

Defense attorney Terry Funk argued that the testimony doesn’t constitute sexual assault.

“It’s not as if he was grabbing her breast or anything like that,” he said in reference to the sexual battery count involving the first woman who testified.

Nuckolls, who resigned following his arrest in September, is due back in court for arraignment on Feb. 23.

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