Daniel Holtzclaw, a former police officer with the Oklahoma City Police Department, was convicted on Thursday of raping multiple African-American women while he was on duty. In addition to multiple counts of first-degree rape, the 29-year-old convicted rapist, was found guilty on charges of second-degree rape, forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and procuring lewd exhibition.
The former cop, who is Asian and Caucasian, broke into tears as Judge Timothy Henderson read the verdict – which took place on Holtzclaw’s 29th birthday.
The all-white jury in his criminal trial found him guilty on 18 charges of 36 charges.
Holtzclaw’s previous employer, the Oklahoma City Police Department, made a statement, saying “We are satisfied with the jury’s decision and firmly believe justice was served”.
According to the prosecution, the now disgraced former policeman specifically targeted drug addicts — those less apt to be taken seriously. However, prosecutors presented DNA evidence linking him to at least one victim: a 17-year-old girl.
GPS data and search records provided further evidence tying him to his alleged victims.
At the time of the alleged assaults, Holtzclaw, who has denied any wrongdoing in the alleged sexual assaults, was reportedly in a “committed” relationship with an adult women.
Jannie Ligons, the first victim to come forward, was quoted by CBS News as having said that when it came to sexually assaulting her, “He just picked the wrong lady to stop that night.”
He just picked the wrong lady to stop that night.
Ligons stated on Friday that all she could think during her frightful encounter with Holtzclaw was that he was going to shoot her, that he was going to kill her. She noted that he “did things” to her that she “didn’t think a police officer would do.”
All I could think was that he was going to shoot me, he was going to kill me (…) He did things to me that I didn’t think a police officer would do.
Ligons, a grandmother, added that all she could see was her “life flashing” before her eyes “and the holster” on the officer’s right side.
According to Ligons, Holtzclaw told her during the traumatic incident that he was not going to shoot her, but he did force her to perform oral sodomy. The incident allegedly took place in June of 2014.
All I can say is I was a victim, I was traumatized, I went to therapy, I had a stroke behind this
The jury recommended that Holtzclaw serve 263 years in prison for the victimization of the women, and prosecutors indicated that they want the sentences served consecutively — one after another — rather than concurrently, which would be Holtzclaw’s only hope of ever stepping foot outside of prison again. His sentencing is expected to take place in January.