Crime

Oklahoma City Might Pay Legal Defense For Former Officer Accused Of Rape

| by Nicholas Roberts
Daniel Holtzclaw Faces 36 Sexual Assault ChargesDaniel Holtzclaw Faces 36 Sexual Assault Charges

Daniel Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer awaiting trial on multiple sexual assault charges, could end up costing the city in big legal fees for his defense, News 9 reported on Oct. 7.

Holtzclaw currently faces 36 charges including rape, sexual battery, and forcible oral sodomy stemming from several incidents during his time on duty in 2013 and 2014.

He is charged with sexually molesting 13 different women, and is scheduled to head to trial on Oct. 26, according to Enid News.

The request for legal fees involves a civil suit against Holtzclaw in the city, separate from the criminal charges which Holtzclaw is currently in prison and facing trial for.

The suit was filed by a woman named Demetria Campbell, who alleges that Holtzclaw grabbed her, slammed her into a brick wall and sexually assaulted her while she was walking to a restaurant in Nov. 2013, Courthouse News reported.

She says she was then handcuffed and driven around the city in Holtzclaw's patrol car before being released. Campbell is seeking more than $75,000 in damages, according to The Oklahoman.

Holtzclaw is being represented by attorney Susan Knight, who sent a letter to the city council in September which requested that she be retained by the city to represent him.

Anyone can make a request to the council and the council can consider it. Knight's request stands out because it is a high-profile case involving a public official.

Campbell is not the only person who has filed a civil suit against Holtzclaw.

In September, a woman named Shandegreon Hill sued Holtzclaw and the city, alleging that Holtzclaw sexually assaulted and brutalized her in a hospital room on Dec. 20, 2014, and then threatened to retaliate against her if she told anyone, according to Courthouse News.

Holtzclaw had been on paid leave since first being charged in 2014, but was fired by the Oklahoma City Police Department in January. Holtzclaw has said that he is not guilty, and his supporters maintain his innocence.

Sources: News 9, Courthouse News, The Oklahoman/NewsOK.com / Photo Credit: News 9