Oklahoma City police officer arrested, accused of rape
OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma City police officer has been arrested following accusations of rape and other misconduct. Daniel Holtzclaw was arrested around 3 p.m. on Thursday in the parking lot of Gold's Gym in northwest Oklahoma City. Holtzclaw allegedly stopped women, threatened them and made them expose themselves and perform sexual acts. Authorities say the complaints started in June, but the alleged crimes date back to February.
According to police, most acts happened in the same places where the women were stopped. Police say some victims were taken to other locations.Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty at a press conference on Thursday afternoon said he was proud of the detectives who tracked down more victims in the alleged crimes, despite the fact the suspect was one of their own. "The officers, it taints all of us, and the officers know that. And they take it very personally, and it angers us that one of our officers that people trust to keep us safe is doing just the opposite," said Chief Citty. Chief Citty went on to say that he hopes the citizens know that the Oklahoma City Police Department takes these allegations seriously.
Holtzclaw is facing numerous charges including first-degree rape, first-degree rape by instrumentation, two counts of indecent exposure, three counts of forcible sodomy and two counts of sexual battery. Holtzclaw was booked in the Oklahoma County Jail and being held on a $5 million dollar bond.Holtzclaw has been on the force since 2011. Investigators say they believe there may be more victims and are asking anyone to come forward with any information.