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Former police officer Daniel Holtzclaw cries after being found guilty of sexually assaulting 13 women, as lawyers representing the victims say they’re not pleased about the several counts that weren’t received.
Oklahoma City: Two of the women sexually assaulted by a former Oklahoma City policeman said on Friday they feared for their lives after the officer threatened them with arrest and violence if they did not perform sexual acts on him.
Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, was found guilty by a jury on Thursday of 18 of the 36 counts against him that included rape and sexual assaults of 13 women.
He broke down in tears as the verdict was read and said, “I didn’t do it,” as he was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs. He faces life in prison.
Jannie Ligons, left, one of the victims of sexual assault by former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, smiles as attorney Benjamin Crump holds up her arm during a news conference. Photo: AP
“All I could think of was he was going to shoot me, he was going to kill me,” Janie Liggons, one of the victims, told a news conference. She was pulled over by Holtzclaw and threatened.
“I kept pleading, ‘Don’t make me do this, sir. Are you going to shoot me?’ I was so afraid, so helpless.”
Five of the victims plan to sue the city over the incidents, an attorney told the news conference on Friday.
Daniel Holtzclaw, right, was convicted of raping eight women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighbourhood. Photo: AP
Liggons was the first to report Holtzclaw to authorities, who then launched an investigation and found a dozen other women, all African-American, who said they were sexually assaulted by Holtzclaw, who is mixed race Asian and white.
Holtzclaw was fired by the police over the accusations in January 2015 after approximately three years on the job.
Liggons said she was different from other victims in that she did not have any outstanding warrants or convictions against her. Prosecutors said Holtzclaw preyed on women who had trouble with the law, thinking that their word would not stand up against his, adding he became more brazen with each attack.
Ex-police officer Daniel Holtzclaw puts his head on the table and cries as the guilty verdicts are read in his trial in Oklahoma City. Photo: AP
“He just picked the wrong lady to stop that night,” she said.
Another victim, Shardarion Hill, said she went into survival mode with Holtzclaw and was forced into doing what the man with the badge and gun wanted.
The defence attacked the credibility of the women who testified against Holtzclaw, saying they were dishonest.
Supporters of the victims of former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw pray after the verdicts were read for the charges against him at the Oklahoma County Courthouse. Photo: AP
“Society tends not to believe black women or value them as other women are,” said Artist for Justice founder Grace Franklin, who stood in support of the 13 women.
The Oklahoma City Police Department backed the detectives who investigated Holtzclaw and the jury that convicted him.
“We are satisfied with the jury’s decision and firmly believe justice was served,” it said in a statement.
Holtzclaw faces a sentencing hearing on January 21.
A former police officer who had sex with a woman and allowed her to handle his gun at a police station has been sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment but is being assessed for an intensive correction order
Mark Garner appeared before a Sydney court on Thursday after pleading guilty to two counts of misconduct in office.
Garner, 50, from the NSW Far North Coast, began a relationship with the woman after she went to Tweed Heads police station in June 2011 to say she had been sexually assaulted.
The former detective sergeant then had sex with the woman and used his Glock pistol as a sex toy during their intimate encounter.
He also accessed police files in an attempt to retrieve a laptop, which contained incriminating photos of himself and the woman.
The former police supervisor bowed his head and cried as Judge Ross Letherbarrow told the Downing Centre District Court that he had abused his position of power.
“It was a significant error of judgment. The offender abused a position of trust in relation to the victim,” Judge Letherbarrow said.
The court heard Garner suffered from depression and post traumatic stress disorder as a result of his time working as an officer who targeted outlawed bikie gangs.
The stress he endured resulted in a marital breakdown and he experienced a series of anxiety and panic attacks.
During the sentencing hearing, the court also heard that Garner had stopped drinking, had gone to a detox clinic and had “done his best” to restore his relationship with his family.
Judge Letherbarrow ordered that Garner be assessed for an intensive correction order.
An intensive correction order is a community-based punishment in which offenders must participate in rehabilitation programs, observe strict curfews, and undergo regular drug and alcohol testing.
The orders, introduced in July last year, also allow a court to set conditions such as a ban on drinking, travel restrictions, random breath tests and electronic monitoring with ankle bracelets.
Garner declined to comment about his sentence outside court.
He will next appear before the same court on March 20 to learn whether he is suitable for the order.
A former West Australian detective who unlawfully accessed and passed on information from a restricted police information system should not be jailed, his defense lawyer argues.
Carl Salvatore Casilli is charged with one count each of communicating interception warrant information to another person, unlawful use of a computer in any case, unlawfully supplied an audiovisual recording of an interview, and 14 counts of without authorisation operates a restricted access system.
The offenses occurred between 2008 and 2013.
Perth Magistrates Court heard on Monday that Casilli passed the information to a female lawyer with whom he was having a personal relationship.
The state argued some incidents “went beyond doing a favour for someone” and undermined ongoing investigations.
“The offender knew quite well that not only was this conduct unethical, but plain illegal,” prosecution lawyer James MacTaggart said.
He said the intercept warrant affidavit contained confidential information about a person who was not a client of the female lawyer, and such action was “grossly illegal”.
Magistrate Elizabeth Woods said that offence was probably the most serious.
Defence lawyer Nick Lemmon said he accepted the intercept warrant offence was “in another category” and worthy of instant dismissal.
But other offences, such as passing on a video of an interview for the female lawyer’s training purposes was an example of a less serious transgression, he said.
Mr Lemmon disputed the claim Casilli had compromised police investigations and said information had not been accessed for the purpose of benefit.
Noting the repetition of the conduct and Casilli’s position of trust, he said the former detective should rather be substantially fined.
He said the offences occurred when Casilli was involved in and obsessed with the hunt for the killer of Supreme Court registrar Corryn Rayney.