DALLAS (KTVT/KTXA/CNN) - Experts say the stakes couldn't be higher for the female state trooper who conducted a roadside cavity search of two women captured on dashcam video.
A Dallas County grand jury indicted trooper Kelley Helleson on two counts of sexual assault and two counts of official oppression.
She has also been fired, a decision she is appealing.
The grand jury also indicted trooper David Farrell on a theft charge after one of the women complained her prescription bottle of painkillers went missing after the search.
The Texas Department of Public Safety says Farrell remains suspended pending the outcome of an administrative investigation.
"In the course of doing her job, by going beyond of what the law allowed her to do, she could find herself as a registered sex offender for the rest of her life if she's convicted," said Peter Schulte, a Dallas attorney and a reserve police officer. "It's all going to come down to who does the jury believe?"
Helleson's attorney says his client passed a tough lie detector test, and neither assaulted nor fondled Angela and Ashley Dobbs.
Experts say the cavity search conducted on the side of the road raises the question of how the trooper was trained in the first place.
The Texas DPS regulations state, "Any search that unreasonably invades the bodily integrity of a citizen is in violation of the Fourth Amendment and is therefore in violation of DPS policy."
Schulte says the indictments against both troopers in this case may place other investigations in jeopardy.
"Any cases that are set for trial involving these two troopers are going to have to get disposed of because the DA's office can't sponsor their testimony," he said.