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Police officer accused of sex assaults on patrol

By The Associated Press

This article was published August 23, 2014 at 10:18 a.m.

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma City police officer arrested on charges of serial sexual assault preyed on women in the rundown neighborhoods he was assigned to patrol — picking some up off the street, pulling others over at traffic stops and in one case taking a woman to a nearby school, police documents show.

Former star football player Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 27, raped one woman and either fondled others or forced them to expose themselves, investigators said Friday. He made others perform sex acts on him. Three were assaulted in his car and one was taken to a school in the Spring Lake Division where he worked, according to the affidavit.

And police said there could be more victims than the seven already identified.

"They're retracing all of his contacts, as many as they can, especially traffic stops," said police spokesman Capt. Dexter Nelson.

The investigation began — and Holtzclaw was immediately placed on leave — when police said a woman complained in June that Holtzclaw had sexually assaulted her during a traffic stop on a boulevard about two miles north of the state Capitol. The alleged incident prompted police to check other contacts Holtzclaw had with the public since beginning street patrols about 18 months ago.

Officers identified seven victims and eight incidents before accusing Holtzclaw of crimes including rape, sexual battery and indecent exposure. Police Chief Bill Citty published Holtzclaw's photograph with the hope that other women would step forward, he said.

District Attorney David Prater said formal charges could be lodged by Aug. 29. Holtzclaw had not been previously disciplined in his three years with the department.

He was being held at the Oklahoma County Jail late Friday in lieu of $5 million bond, according to jail records. No attorney is listed for him and jail staff said they could not provide attorney information.

Police reports said the victims were all black women between the ages of 34 and 58, though police said it wasn't clear if Holtzclaw targeted victims because of their race.

"All of the victims were black, but that is probably because the area where he worked," Nelson said, referring to the mixed-race neighborhood of mostly black, Hispanic and Vietnamese residents.

Holtzclaw joined the force after graduating with a criminal justice degree from Eastern Michigan University.

Nelson said Holtzclaw's colleagues were upset at the allegations against a police officer.

"Most of us see it as a black eye to our profession and our department," he said.


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Nodmcm says... August 23, 2014 at 11:07 a.m.

This guy and his story has probably caused women across America to be upset, scared and now reluctant to have any contact with law enforcement officers. This case is evidence for the need for regular polygraph exams of all governmental agents who regularly come in contact with the public. In addition to questions about drug and alcohol use, polygraph examiners should inquire regarding theft and sexual contact while on duty. C'mon, the FBI and CIA already polygraph their agents quarterly, I believe, after the Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen cases where both men became double-agents, working for Soviet Russia. We have the technology to prevent this sort of misconduct which erodes confidence in the police, and worse, which makes it more difficult for women in particular to trust and rely upon police when in danger. Lapel cameras, as we now know, would have perhaps answered the unanswered questions at Ferguson, Mo, and police drones also would have helped discover the truth. America is the most technologically advanced nation on Earth; let's use the technology to make America better.

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Packman says... August 23, 2014 at 4:39 p.m.

Hey Nodmcm - Excellent point! If these allegations are found to be true this guy did more than just break the law he violated the public trust. Because of this, his sentence should be doubled.

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