A former Oklahoma City police officer was convicted on Thursday on multiple counts of rape and sexual battery against women on his police patrols.
Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, was found guilty of 18 out of 36 total charges. Holtzclaw was accused of rape by 13 women but was only convicted for raping eight.
In total Holtzclaw was convicted of four counts of first-degree rap, one county of second-degree rape, six counts of sexual battery, four counts of forcible sodomy, and three counts of procuring lewd acts.
Holtzclaw broke down in tears as the convictions were read aloud. He was heard saying, “I didn’t do it,” before being led away in handcuffs.
Sentencing will take place on January 21 where Holtzclaw could face up to 30 years in jail on each charge. The first-degree rape convictions could have carried a life sentence on each charge but jurors recommended only 30 years per charge.
Most of the 13 women accusing Holtzclaw of the assaults said that they were stopped by the former officer while he was on patrol. Holtzclaw would pray on those who outstanding warrants, the previous arrest records, or had drugs or drug paraphernalia on them.
The women went on the stand describing a range of assault from being touched over their clothing to forced oral sex to rape. One of the victims testified that she was 17 years old when Holtzclaw raped her on her mom’s front porch.
Holtzclaw declined to testify during his trial and was fired due to the accusations in January 2015. He had served with the Oklahoma City Police Department for 3 years.
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