Officer Abuse

Okla. Cop Faces Trial on 36 Sex Charges

A judge has ordered that Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, 27, stand trial on dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty, exactly five months after the first complaint was reported to police. During a two-day preliminary hearing, prosecutors filed an additional four sex assault charges against Holtzclaw, based on testimony, bringing the total number of charges to 36. The charges include six counts of first-degree rape, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, as well as sexual battery, forcible oral sodomy and indecent exposure. Holtzclaw, who is on leave, has pleaded not guilty to each count. Oklahoma County Special Judge Fred Doak allowed him to remain free on $609,000 bail, and he's due back in court for a pretrial conference on Jan. 21.