Ex-Oklahoma cop to be sentenced for rape, sex crimes

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A former Oklahoma City police officer is set to find out whether he will spend the rest of his life in prison for raping and sexually victimizing eight women on his beat.

See Full Article

Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, will be sentenced Thursday. He faces up to 263 years in prison after last month's convictions on 18 counts — four counts of first-degree rape, plus additional counts of forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery, procuring lewd exhibition and second-degree rape. He was acquitted on 18 other counts.

District Judge Timothy Henderson will decide whether Holtzclaw will have to serve the sentences consecutively.

Prosecutors said Holtzclaw preyed on black women he interacted with on his beat in a low-income neighborhood near the state Capitol. During the monthlong trial, 13 women testified against him, and several said Holtzclaw stopped them while out on patrol, searched them for outstanding warrants or checked to see if they were carrying drug paraphernalia, then forced himself on them.

All of the accusers were black. Holtzclaw is half-white, half-Japanese.

Holtzclaw's attorney, meanwhile, described the former college football star as a model officer whose attempts to help the drug addicts and prostitutes he came in contact with were distorted. Defence lawyer Scott Adams also attacked the credibility of some of the women, who had arrest records and histories of drug abuse, noting that many didn't come forward until police had already identified them as possible victims after launching their investigation.

Several of Holtzclaw's victims have filed civil lawsuits against Holtzclaw and the city in state and federal court.

Adams filed a request for a new trial or evidentiary hearing for Holtzclaw late Wednesday, but it wasn't immediately clear when Henderson will rule on the motion.

The Associated Press highlighted Holtzclaw's case in a yearlong examination of sexual misconduct by law officers, which found that about 1,000 officers in the U.S. lost their licenses for sex crimes or other sexual misconduct over a six-year period.

Those figures are likely an undercount, because not every state has a process to ban problem officers from law enforcement. In states that do decertify officers, reporting requirements vary.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Typhoon Lan sweeps across Japan, killing 2

    World News CTV News
    TOKYO - A powerful typhoon caused flooding and landslides along the Pacific coast of Japan, killing at least two people before heading out to sea Monday. Typhoon Lan made landfall in central Japan around 3 a.m. Source
  • Philippine troops find dozens of dead gunmen during clearing of Marawi

    World News CTV News
    CLARK, Philippines - Philippine troops have captured a building where pro-Islamic State group militants made their final stand in southern Marawi city and found about 40 bodies of suspected gunmen inside, two security officials told The Associated Press on Monday. Source
  • Body found near where Texas dad ordered his missing girl, 3, to stand outside for not drinking milk

    World News Toronto Sun
    RICHARDSON, Texas — Police in a Dallas suburb say they’ve found the body of a small child not far from the home of a three-year-old girl who’s been missing since earlier this month. Richardson police say the child’s body was discovered in a culvert as authorities using dogs searched for Sherin Mathews on Sunday morning. Source
  • Montreal woman believes son abducted in Peru

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    A Canadian woman who is searching for her missing son in Peru says that authorities in the country are considering the possibility that her son was abducted. Alisa Clamen, a Montreal resident, said her son Jesse Galganov, 22, left for a backpacking trip through South America and Southeast Asia last month. Source
  • Bears killed after attacking two people in B.C.

    Canada News CTV News
    MISSION, B.C. - Two people have been injured by a bear that broke into a home in Mission, B.C. Murray Smith with the provincial Conservation Officer Service says a Mission resident heard a commotion in her backyard late Saturday night and went to check on her dogs. Source
  • Bear attacks woman, conservation officer in Mission, B.C.

    Canada News CBC News
    A woman and a conservation officer sustained minor injuries after they were attacked by a bear in Mission, B.C., early Sunday morning. Inspector Murray Smith said the woman went outside after she heard her dogs barking shortly after midnight and came face-to-face with a black bear. Source
  • Tillerson seeks Arab help in U.S. effort to isolate Iran

    World News CTV News
    DOHA, Qatar -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took the Trump administration's case for isolating and containing Iran in the Middle East and beyond to two Gulf Arab nations on Sunday, pushing for Saudi Arabia and Iraq to unite to counter growing Iranian assertiveness. Source
  • Trudeau appoints Bob Rae as special envoy to Myanmar

    Canada News CBC News
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is appointing Bob Rae a special envoy to Myanmar, two months into a growing crisis that has left 600,000 Rohingya Muslim people displaced. The move comes in response to growing public pressure to act in the face of what Canada and the United Nations have labeled ethnic cleansing of a long persecuted minority in Myanmar. Source
  • Memorial to teenage fentanyl victim vandalized in Edmonton

    Canada News CTV News
    An Edmonton mother has been forced to relive the pain of losing her teenaged son after a memorial dedicated to him was vandalized. “I’m just devastated,” Jennifer Hussey told CTV Edmonton. Hussey’s son Ryder died just before Christmas last year after he took a pill laced with fentanyl. Source
  • Keep a 'wary eye' on U.S. travel visas, Goodale tells American counterpart

    Canada News CBC News
    Canada's Public Safety Minister has told his American counter part to keep a "wary eye" on the travel visas it issues to the United States. In an interview Sunday with CBC News, Goodale said Canadian officials have identified trends where documents issued from certain U.S. Source