Oklahoma City police officer charged with on-duty rapes

An Oklahoma City police officer charged with raping women on duty was a football player at Eastern Michigan University.
By Frances Burns   |   Aug. 22, 2014 at 2:16 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- An Oklahoma City police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting at least six women after threatening them with arrest.

The charges against Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 27, include rape, forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and indecent exposure. He was being held in lieu of $5 million bail after being arrested Thursday afternoon.

Holtzclaw, originally from Enid, Okla., played football for Eastern Michigan University from 2005 to 2008. He joined the Oklahoma City police department three years ago.

At a news conference Thursday afternoon, Police Chief Bill Citty and Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said Holtzclaw, who worked a shift from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., allegedly coerced women to expose themselves and fondled them. He allegedly forced one woman into sexual intercourse.

"Trust is something that we are constantly having to work on," Citty said. "When something like this happens, I have to hope that most of the community realizes that our officers, 99.9 percent of them, are trustworthy, and when something like this happens, our officers take this very personally."

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