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Serial Rapist Cop Convicted: He Was Charged With Raping 12 Women and a Teenager

Prosecutors argued that Holtzclaw systematically targeted black women with prior criminal records and substance abuse problems because he thought they wouldn't be believed if they reported the assaults.

Serial Rapist Cop Daniel Holtzclaw weeps - as you can be sure all of his victims did.
Serial Rapist Cop Daniel Holtzclaw weeps - as you can be sure all of his victims did.

By Melissa Jeltsen
Daniel Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer who was accused of sexually assaulting 13 black women while on duty, was found guilty of rape and sexual battery on Thursday.

An all-white jury that deliberated for more than 40 hours over four days acquitted Holtzclaw of 18 of the 36 charges he faced involving the assaults. But the charges on which he was convicted, including first-degree rape, carry a possible sentence of life imprisonment. Sentencing was scheduled for next month.

Holtzclaw sobbed loudly as the judge read the verdicts.

During the trial, 13 women testified that Holtzclaw sexually assaulted them while he was on duty. He faced 36 charges, including six first-degree rape counts.

Prosecutors argued that Holtzclaw systematically targeted black women with prior criminal records and substance abuse problems because he thought they wouldn't be believed if they reported the assaults.

"He exercised authority on those society doesn't care about," Assistant District Attorney Gayland Gieger told jurors during closing arguments on Monday. "Convince these ladies that someone does care about them." According to The Oklahoman, Holtzclaw worked from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., often by himself, patrolling one of the state's poorest neighborhoods. The women's testimonies revealed a similar pattern: Holtzclaw would stop them, search them for drug paraphernalia and run criminal background checks. Then he'd force them into sex, threatening them with arrest if they didn't comply.

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