We’ve been following the case of former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw since he was arrested in August 2014. Yesterday, he was convicted on 18 of 36 counts related to sexually assaulting 13 women, all of whom were African American. From the Tulsa World:
In all, Holtzclaw was found guilty on six counts of sexual battery, with eight years recommended on each count; three counts of procuring a lewd exhibition, with five years recommended on each count; four counts of forcible oral sodomy, with 20 years recommended on one of the counts and 16 years on each of the other three counts; four counts of first-degree rape, with 30 years recommended on each count; and one count of second-degree rape by instrumentation, with 12 years recommended.
He was found not guilty on two counts of rape, one count of rape by instrumentation, four counts of sexual battery, three counts of forcible oral sodomy, five counts of procuring a lewd exhibition, and single counts of stalking, burglary and indecent exposure.
Holtzclaw’s case was particularly disturbing given the serial and racial nature of his predatory acts, but there are many victims of sexual abuse by police officers. He perpetrated his crimes over a six-month period, but sometimes years go by before such behavior is discovered.
Holtzclaw is scheduled to be sentenced in January 2016.