Oklahoma officer, former Eastern Michigan player, accused in 6 sexual assaults
Oklahoma City — An Oklahoma City police officer and former Eastern Michigan University football player is accused of sexually assaulting at least six women during traffic stops, and investigators are trying to track down yet more potential victims.
Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 27, was arrested Thursday on complaints of rape, forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and indecent exposure, The Oklahoman reported.
The Ann Arbor News reports that Holtzclaw was a four-year starter at EMU from 2005-08, and holds the school record for most career starts.
Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty says Holtzclaw stopped women while he was working and forced them to expose themselves, fondled them and in at least one instance had intercourse with a woman.
The department began investigating Holtzclaw after a woman complained to police June 18, the chief said. Holtzclaw was placed on leave that day.
“We started the investigation and we started looking at traffic stops he had made throughout the previous months to try to identify and initiate contact with females that we knew he had stopped during that period of time … to see if they had been sexually assaulted,” Citty said.
Authorities have statements from six victims and expect a statement from a seventh, Citty said. He said investigators believe there could be yet more.
Records indicate Holtzclaw was being held at the Oklahoma County Jail in lieu of $5 million bond. The records don’t list an attorney, and jail staff said they could not provide attorney information.
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater, who also attended the news conference, said he anticipates charges against Holtzclaw will be filed by Aug. 29.