Oklahoma City Police Officer Charged With 36 Counts of Sexual Assault Will Go to Trial
After a two-day preliminary hearing, an Oklahoma state court judge ordered that Daniel Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma City police officer, will stand trial for sexually assaulting 13 African-American women while on duty.
During the hearing, all 13 women gave testimony against the police officer, who is alleged to have used his power as an officer to commit these crimes. One woman testified that she was forced to perform sexual acts: "It was either that or the county jail." Another woman testified, "He was an officer. And I was scared. And I knew he could hurt me."
Another woman testified that Holtzclaw stopped her as she was walking through her neighborhood. The 52-year-old said the officer put his hands under her blouse, and when she resisted, he put his hand in her pants. After this, she said Holtzclaw told her, "OK, you don't have anything in there. You can go."
Police began investigating Holtzclaw after one of the survivors reported an assault in June. The other 12 women had not reported Holtzclaw until they were contacted by detectives investigating the June assault. Many of the women feared reprisal or that they would not be believed.
"Who are they going to believe?" the 17-year old told the court. "It's my word against his. He's a police officer."
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