An Oklahoma City police officer accused of raping and groping several women while on duty on the city’s northeast side was charged Friday with 16 felonies.
Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 27, of Oklahoma City, is charged in Oklahoma County District Court with two counts of first-degree rape, four counts of sexual battery, four counts of forcible oral sodomy, four counts of indecent exposure, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of stalking.
Holtzclaw is accused of stopping women — some as they walked through neighborhoods — and threatening them with arrest. Holtzclaw reportedly forced women to expose themselves, fondled the women, forced four of them to perform oral sex on him and had intercourse with at least two of the women, court records show.
He also is accused of going into a home on March 25 without consent or a warrant, waking a man sleeping in a back bedroom of the home and forcing him to go outside the home, according to probable cause affidavits filed Friday. Holtzclaw was looking for the man’s girlfriend who lived there but was not home at the time, records show.
Holtzclaw, a three-year police veteran and Enid native, was placed on administrative leave on June 18, the day he was accused of the crimes.
Police Chief Bill Citty said all the victims are black women between the ages of 34 and 58, and the incidents occurred from February to June in the area of Lincoln Boulevard to Interstate 35 and NE 14 to NE 50. Police said most incidents happened at the location of the stops, but some victims were taken to remote locations.
A motion for bail reduction also was filed Tuesday, seeking to reduce the amount from $5 million to $139,000. A hearing has not been set.
Holztclaw played college football at Eastern Michigan University on scholarship and attempted to play professionally. He was not drafted. He never before has been accused of inappropriate behavior and volunteers at his Edmond church, the motion states.
Holtzclaw was arrested Aug. 21. He remains in the Oklahoma County jail.
“He’s always denied that he’s done anything inappropriate with anyone,” defense attorney Scott Adams said. “I haven’t found anything in his past that would suggest he’s ever done anything like this, and I look forward to our day in court.”