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May-10-96

Male Police Officer Accused of Sexually Assaulting Female Officer

A New York male police officer accused of sexually assaulting and trying to rape a female officer appeared in court Thursday (5-9) on procedural hearings. Prosecutors say that Desmond Robinson tried to force a female officer to have sex in his car after a date. Two passers-by called 911 upon witnessing the struggle, but the woman told the officers the situation was under control, and they failed to take action against the suspect. After they left, Robinson allegedly forced the woman to engage in oral sex. An investigation is underway as to whether the officers responding to the call violated departmental policy in not arresting the Robinson; policy requires police to arrest a domestic violence suspect even if the complainant has second thoughts about pressing charges.

Media Resources: The New York Times - May 10, 1996


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