Oklahoma City Ex-Cop Convicted of 4 charges of first-degree RAPE and 14 other counts.
A jury convicted Daniel Holtzclaw of four charges of first-degree rape and 14 other counts. He sobbed while hearing the verdicts Thursday, his 29th birthday. He could spend the rest of his life in prison, based on the jury’s recommendation he serve 263 years.
The mother of his youngest accuser, who was 17, said the case should demonstrate the problem of sexual misconduct by officers isn’t limited to one police department.
Holtzclaw was charged with 36 counts for incidents from December 2013 to June 2014. He was fired in January 2015. He was convicted of 18 counts connected to eight women, all of whom were black and who testified against him. Holtzclaw is half-white, half-Japanese.
Holtzclaw’s case was among those examined in an Associated Press investigation of sexual misconduct by law enforcement, a subject that police chiefs have grappled with for years. The yearlong probe revealed about 1,000 officers had lost their licenses for sex crimes or other sexual misconduct in a six-year period.
But the number of cases might be higher. Not every state has a process for banning problem officers and those that do have great variations in whether officers are prosecuted.
The victims tend to be juveniles, drug addicts and women in custody.
Holtzclaw’s case began with a report from a grandmother who said he forced her to perform oral sex during a traffic stop. Police found another dozen women who said he assaulted them.
“I didn’t do anything wrong,” the grandmother said Friday, showing her face on camera and revealing her name as Jannie Ligons. “So all I can say is, I was innocent and he just picked the wrong lady to stop that night.”