A Florida police officer is accused of raping a 20-year-old woman at gunpoint while on the job.
Officer Stephen Maiorino, an eight-year veteran of the Boynton Beach Police Department, was arrested Thursday and charged with armed sexual battery, armed kidnapping and unlawful compensation or reward for official behavior, the New York Daily News reports.
“Maiorino will be fired from the police department," Police Chief Jeffrey Katz said in a statement.
Police say the 35-year-old cop was supposed to take a woman to headquarters so her family could pick her up on Oct. 15. The driver of a car she was riding in was arrested for DUI, leaving her stranded, the Sun Sentinel reports.
But police said when they arrived at the station around 6:30 p.m., Maiorino wanted the 25-year-old woman to perform oral sex on him. She would also be arrested for DUI if she refused, he allegedly said.
Maiorino drove away from the police station and forced the woman to take off her clothes. He pressed her against the hood of the patrol car and sexually assaulted her, police said. He held her down with his right hand, while holding a gun in his left.
The woman told police that Maiorino threatened to kill her and her family if she told anyone about the assault.
When the victim led police back to the crime scene the next morning, they discovered a used condom with her DNA on it, as well as on the wrapper and on Maiorino’s underwear.
“While this is a dark day in the history of our department, I can tell you that the membership of our organization is keenly aware that the actions of one rogue officer have diminished our standing with the public we serve,” Katz said. “We understand that the currency of effective public service is “good will” and we are – quite frankly - angry, that any individual might squander the good will we have worked so hard to establish within our community.”
The 35-year-old cop was awarded “Officer of the Month” in 2010. That same year, he was on an episode of “Cops,” and truTV’s “Most Shocking” for various accomplishments and acts of heroism, according to WPBF.
However, in 2011, Maiorino received a two-day suspension for “unsatisfactory performance and mishandling evidence.” He was suspended again the following year for "violating prisoner transport."