Victims Testify Against OKC Officer Accused Of Sexual Assaults

Monday, November 17th 2014, 10:43 am
By: News 9

An Oklahoma City Police officer accused of sexually assaulting multiple women appeared Monday morning for his preliminary hearing. 

Daniel Holtzclaw, 27, and his legal team arrived for his preliminary hearing Monday morning. Holtzclaw was harassed by a stranger in the hallway as he walked into the courtroom. The stranger kept yelling "why you rape those women?"

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The stranger even walked into the courtroom to confront Holtzclaw, but then left after a deputy arrived and took his post inside the courtroom.

Holtzclaw is accused of 32 felony counts, including rape and lewd acts with 13 women who police have identified as victims in this case.

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The first witness called to the stand was a 23-year-old woman, who said she was approached by Holtzclaw at the intersection of Lindsay and Phillips. During a search of the car she was in with her cousin, she admitted they had drugs with them. The woman said she had PCP in her system and that police transported her to Southwest Medical Center. She said Holtzclaw was the officer in the room with her at the hospital.

The woman testified that Holtzclaw commented on her breasts several times, and even touched them. She testified she wanted to run away, but was too high to make her getaway even though she was able to make it to the bathroom. She said Holtzclaw did handcuff her back to the bed after that, and touched her breast for a third time. She said he then walked to the side of the bed, pulled off his belt and exposed himself and told her to "just do it," and forced her to perform oral sex on him.

The woman said she really couldn't believe it that it was happening, since he was the police. She said Holtzclaw told her that if she cooperated, he would have her drug charges disappear in a month.

The second witness to take the stand was a woman who came in contact with Holtzclaw on March 15, during a traffic stop while she was walking down the street. The woman said he placed her in the backseat during the stop. She said she did not know why he stopped her, but he kept asking her if she had anything on her.

The third witness, a 52-year-old woman, encountered Holtzclaw in April. 2014. She said Holtzclaw approached her while she was walking near N.E. 15th and Kelley. He reportedly asked her if she had drugs on her. She said he searched her and touched her breasts.

The witness said, "Who were they going to believe, my word or his?" She said she is in fear every time she sees a police car. She identified Holtzclaw in the courtroom.

Holtzclaw watched each witness intently during the preliminary hearing.