An Oklahoma City police officer is accused of sexually assaulting at least seven women — including a 57-year-old grandmother — while on patrol duty, officials said.
Daniel Ken Holtzclaw was arrested Thursday afternoon on a probable cause warrant.
The 27-year-old officer attacked the seven women, between the ages of 34 and 58, over a period of months, police said. He allegedly raped one woman, forced three to perform oral sex and fondled and exposed the others, the Oklahoman reported.
Holtzclaw, a three-year veteran of the force, stopped his victims while on his patrol shift, between 4 p.m. and 2 a.m., police said. Sometimes, he attacked at the scene of routine traffic stops. Other times, he led his victims away to remote spots before assaulting them.
The accused officer threatened to arrest his victims if they did not comply, Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty said at a Thursday press conference.
The first victim to come forward was a 57-year-old grandmother who claimed Holtzclaw forced her to perform oral sex in June.
“She was really, really fragile,” Alitia Timmons, the woman’s representative, told KOCO. “She was scared to leave her house, when she was driving and she saw a police officer drive by, it would terrorize her and she has been piecing herself together.”
Charges have not been filed yet, but the district attorney expects the 27-year-old to face rape, forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and indecent exposure counts.
Holtzclaw is being held on a $5 million bond.