On Friday, August 22, it was announced on CNN that 27-year-old Daniel Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma City police officer, had been charged with several sex offenses after a woman came forward with her story of Holtzclaw’s “sexual impropriety” during a traffic stop.
Captain Dexter Nelson of the Oklahoma City police gave CNN the story, which began when the first alleged victim’s complaint led to authorities investigating all of the traffic stops Holtzclaw made in an attempt to determine if there may be other victims. On Thursday, August 21, Holtzclaw was arrested and is facing nine criminal charges including two counts of sexual battery, two counts of indecent exposure, three counts of forcible oral sodomy, and two counts of rape, according to the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.
Six other victims were found during the investigation, according to Nelson who said that some of the women “were initially less than cooperative, but investigators were able to gain statements.” Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty said that the incidents date back to February, so authorities believe there may be even more victims. He urged anyone who was sexually assaulted by Holtzclaw to come forward.
Holtzclaw’s bond was set at $5 million; at the time of news reports, it was unclear whether he had a defense lawyer.
Holtzclaw played on the Eastern Michigan University football team from 2005 through 2008.
All sex crimes are serious, particularly rape. In Michigan, rape is charged as first-degree criminal sexual conduct, an offense that involves penetration and leaves the offender facing potential life behind bars if convicted.
Individuals who are found guilty of committing even those sex crimes which may be considered less serious such as indecent exposure face ruin of their reputations and careers. More serious offenses will leave those convicted facing the requirement to register as sex offenders, which impacts employment, housing, and much more. Essentially, you life may be ruined if found guilty of rape, child molestation, or other serious charges.
Anyone accused of a sex-related offense should contact an aggressive Michigan sex crime attorney at once, so that your case can be thoroughly reviewed to determine the best possible legal approach.