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Oklahoma City Police Officer Accused of Raping Several Women While On Duty

| by Lisa Fogarty

An Oklahoma City police officer who attended Eastern Michigan University on a football scholarship, was arrested Thursday for sexually assaulting at least seven women while he was on duty.

Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 27, is being held on $5 million bond after a woman claimed the three-year police veteran raped her, reports MLive. Police discovered that at least seven women – all of whom are African-American and between the ages of 34 and 58, have allegedly been sexually victimized by the suspect over the last five or six months.

All of the incidents reportedly took place between 4 p.m. and 2 a.m., when Holtzclaw was on duty.

“The types of acts committed were anywhere from just requiring the females expose themselves, to fondling the females, and…actual intercourse,” said Oklahoma City Chief of Police Bill Citty. “About three of the victims were asked or required to perform oral sodomy on this officer.”

Oklahoma City County District Attorney David Prater says he expects more women will come forward since the suspect has served with the department since 2011 and all seven reports only stem back a few months.

Holtzclaw has been charged with first-degree rape, rape by instrumentation, three counts of forcible oral sodomy, two counts of sexual battery and two counts of indecent exposure. If found guilty, he could spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to police.

The officer was a four-year starter at Eastern Michigan and holds the school record for most career starts. He was also one of four officers involved in a wrongful-death lawsuit for the death of Clifton Armstrong in 2013, according to The Oklahoman. Holtzclaw and the other officers were not found guilty of the charge.

Sources: MLive, The Oklahoman

Photo Credit: Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, The Ann Arbor News File/MLive