A jury in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma has convicted Daniel Holtzclaw of rape, sexual battery, and related charges. The 29-year-old former Oklahoma City police officer was convicted of 18 of 36 charges against him. Four of the convictions, for first degree rape, carry a possible sentence of life in prison. Holtzclaw sobbed as the verdicts were read.
During the trial, thirteen women testified that Holtzclaw sexually assaulted them. One of the victims was only seventeen years old at the time she was attacked. Holtzclaw’s attorney, Scott Adams, challenged the credibility of the witnesses, several of whom had records for drug and prostitution offenses. Holtzclaw used his position as a police officer to coerce the women and then to intimidate them so they would not come forward and tell their stories.
In a statement posted to Facebook, the Oklahoma City Police Department said it was satisfied that “justice was served.” Holtzclaw will be back in court next month for sentencing.
Another aspect of the case was that Holtzclaw confined his attacks to black victims. An attorney representing some of the victims in civil lawsuits criticized national news media for not covering a trial in which the victims were “poor, black women.”
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