Oklahoma Ex-Cop Guilty of On-Duty Rapes

Holtzclaw preyed on women he met while on patrol
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2015 12:15 AM CST
In this Sept. 3, 2014, photo, Daniel Holtzclaw is led into a courtroom for a hearing in Oklahoma City.   (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
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(Newser) – An Oklahoma City ex-cop who preyed on women in the communities he was supposed to be protecting has been found guilty on a slew of sex charges and could be going to prison for life. Prosecutors said Daniel Holtzclaw—whose victims ranged in age from 17 to 57—targeted women he encountered in low-income neighborhoods and raped or sexually assaulted those who had previous convictions or outstanding warrants because he thought they wouldn't be believed if they complained, reports Reuters. Holtzclaw, who had faced 36 charges involving 13 women, wept in court Thursday as he was found guilty on 18 counts relating to eight women, including four rape charges, the AP reports. It was his 29th birthday.

Holtzclaw—who was arrested after forcing a woman to perform oral sex during a June 2014 traffic stop and was fired by the force in January this year—has a white father and Japanese mother, while all of his victims were black, CNN reports. BuzzFeed has testimony from the 13 accusers, including a woman who was 17 when he raped her on her mother's front porch. "I didn't know what to do, like, what am I going to do, call the cops?" she said. "He was a cop." "Justice was done today, and a criminal wearing a uniform is going to prison now," Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater told reporters. "In those counts where the not guilty verdicts came back, they determined that we didn't prove those cases beyond a reasonable doubt," he added. "It doesn't mean they didn't believe the victims." (Read more Oklahoma stories.)

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