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FBI Investigates Former Milwaukee Officer Accused of Assault

A former Milwaukee police officer is currently the focus of a federal investigation. He was accused back in 2010 of raping a woman who had called 911. Following the accusation, he lost his job because he violated department rules.

An internal investigation did not lead to any results and the Milwaukee District Attorney's office decided not to charge the officer with sexual assault because the case lacked enough evidence for a conviction. That is when the FBI stepped in to conduct its own investigation into the incident.

According to the woman's original complaint, she had called 911 to report some kids that were harassing her outside of her home. After two officers responded to the call, one stayed and had sex with her. The former officer also testified that this event occurred.

The woman further testified that after she was brought to the local station, no one believed her story. Instead she states that she was kept in jail for 12 hours before she was taken to the hospital.

The former police officer initially told internal investigators that he had not had sex with the woman that day in July. The next day he recanted his earlier statement and said that he did in fact have sex with the woman after she called 911.

The article is not clear about what the former officer is facing with the federal investigation, but it is likely he could be charged with sexual assault. He has already lost his job, which was a result of violation of department rules. Being charged and convicted of a sex crime can result in severe penalties, such as a lengthy prison sentence.

This is not the first time that a police officer has been charged with sexual assault. In the past, several incidents were investigated by federal authorities. Several of those resulted in criminal convictions for the accused police officers.

Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel online, "911 police call results in rape, woman says," Gina Barton, 16 January 2011

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