After already being charged with sexually assaulting 10 women, things are looking bleak for Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, as three more women have come forward alleging sexual assault.
On Tuesday, Holtzclaw, who is already under house arrest, was charged with six additional counts of sexual assault, bringing his overall total to 32 counts of assault and rape-related charges.
While the victim testimony seems to be quite damning, Holtzclaw has maintained his innocence through the process, and, according to his attorney Scott James, he “cannot wait to get back to work.”
Holtzclaw is accused of using his authority as a police officer to inflict sexual harm on his victims. The first victim came forward after a traffic stop incident two miles outside of Oklahoma City. The woman alleged that Holtzclaw had said he would arrest or inflict physical harm if she did not comply with his demands.
Initially, at a September hearing, Holtzclaw’s bail was set at $5 million, but after petitioning the judge, the figure was dropped to $500,000. Prosecutor Gayland Gieger argued against the reduction in bail, citing that Holtzclaw is a danger to society.
According to Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty, prior to Holtzclaw’s arrest in August, he had already been on paid leave since June. There have been no reports to suggest that Holtzclaw’s paid leave has ceased, meaning that for the past five months he has been receiving checks while more and more women come forward.
Holtzclaw is up against felony charges that include first-degree rape, sexual battery, indecent exposure, stalking, forcible oral sodomy and burglary. A conviction on a first-degree rape charge alone could bring a life-in-prison sentence for Holtzclaw.