Cop Charged With Sexually Assaulting Eight Women Under Threat of Arrest

Officer Daniel Holtzclaw of the Oklahoma City Police Department was arrested last week on charges that he'd sexually assaulted and raped eight black women while allegedly threatening to arrest them if they did not submit to him. He has now been charged after his arrest in the middle of August.

The twenty-seven-year-old police officer was charged Friday with a long list of infractions. Via USA Today:

Officer Daniel Holtzclaw, 27, was charged with two counts of first-degree rape, four counts of sexual battery, four counts of forcible oral sodomy, four counts of indecent exposure, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of stalking.

According to a report in the Associated Press, the investigation began when a woman alleged that Holtzclaw had sexually assaulted her during a traffic stop.

According to the charging documents, Holtzclaw told the women that if they didn't comply with his wishes, they would be arrested or physically harmed.

In one instance, Holtzclaw went to a woman's residence and made her sit in her car and expose her breasts to him, according to a probable cause affidavit.

"Holtzclaw then touched her breasts barehanded. (The woman) had warrants for her arrest but he advised to work with him and he could take care of her," the probable cause affidavit said.

Prosecutors in the case allege that Holtzclaw assaulted or raped these women while on duty, claiming that "he raped two women and either fondled others or forced them to expose themselves," according to the AP. Investigators believe there could be many more victims.

The maximum sentence for one count of first-degree rape in Oklahoma is life in prison. Holtzclaw is being held on a $5 million cash bond.

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