Former aide to Governor Fallin turns himself in on criminal charges
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
A former aide to Governor Fallin has turned himself in on criminal charges.
Travis Brauer, 29, was booked through the Oklahoma County Jail Sept. 14 on charges of destruction of evidence and offering false evidence.
Brauer is the former executive assistant to the governor. Brauer was under investigation after an allegation someone took an “upskirt” picture of a protester at a late-night budget meeting during the final days of the legislative session.
A more than 250-page report from the Department of Public Safety details the allegations and witness reports of the meeting. A FOX 25 employee was a witness who saw a phone with its camera on facing up.
The DPS investigation indicates the Highway Patrol’s legislative liaison notified Brauer that he was part of an investigation and arranged for Brauer to sit in on a viewing of the surveillance video in the days after the complaint was filed. The trooper who began the investigation said she did not know why Brauer was allowed to view the video and told investigators that she regretted the decision to allow a suspect access to the video.
Brauer told investigators he wanted to cooperate, according to an internal investigative report. However, at the advice of a friend who was acting as his attorney at the time Brauer did not turn over his smart phone immediately for forensic examination. Investigators asked Brauer again for his phone on Friday, May 26 and according to the investigative report, Brauer said he would turn it over but was headed to the lake.
The investigator told Brauer to bring the phone in the following Tuesday, May 30 when he returned. However, upon his return to work Brauer reported his phone was lost while he was at the lake. However, Brauer told investigators he managed to transfer his contacts to a new phone prior to his trip to the lake.
The DPS investigator eventually received Brauer’s laptop, which contained a backup of his phone’s activity.
Brauer resigned from his position in the Governor’s office on July 11 of this year, nearly two months after the investigation began. The governor’s office says she does not comment on personnel issues.