Jury convicts Oklahoma ex-cop in sex abuse case

Daniel Holtzclaw, AP Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY – A jury has convicted a former Oklahoma City police officer of first-degree rape related to allegations that he assaulted or victimized 13 women on his beat.

Daniel Holtzclaw faces a possible sentence of life in prison after being convicted Thursday.

The 29-year-old Holtzclaw was accused of preying on women in the low-income Oklahoma City neighborhood he patrolled. Prosecutors alleged that he stopped women on the pretense of checking them for outstanding warrants or drug-related items, then forced them to perform sexual acts. The youngest accuser was 17.

All 13 of the women are black. Many had problems with drugs or criminal records.

The allegations against him brought new attention to the problem of sexual misconduct committed by law enforcement.

Holtzclaw did not testify.

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