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Oklahoma officer who allegedly assaulted 13 women to go to trial

A hearing in Oklahoma took two days to decide the immediate fate of a police officer, and it just concluded. The result is that the police officer is going to have to go to trial. He has been accused of sexual assault in a number of cases, involving a grand total of 13 different women.

Before the hearing took place, the man was facing 32 different counts. At the conclusion of the hearing, that number had moved up to 36.

In at least one of the cases, the man has been accused of using potential charges against the victims to get them to comply. For example, a 44-year-old woman said that he stopped her when she was carrying a crack pipe. He first put her into his squad car, then stopped and came around to open the door. There, he forced her to remove some of her clothing.

After doing that, the officer allegedly told the woman that he wanted her to perform sexual acts for him. When she did, he did not arrest her but allowed her to go free. The woman said that she did as he said because he was an officer of the law, and she was frightened of him.

The woman has also stated that the officer did not keep the crack pipe or turn it in but that he returned it to her.

No matter what a person in Oklahoma has been accused of, it is very important that he or she is given a fair trial. These basic rights, such as being presumed innocent unless it is proven otherwise, have to be retained at all times.

Source: KOCO.com, "Oklahoma City police officer to stand trial for sexual assaults of 13 women" Kim Passoth, Nov. 18, 2014

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