A former Milwaukee police officer was recently charged with rape while on duty. He, along with several other Wisconsin police officers, responded to a 911 call from a woman who said that teenagers were trying to kick down her door.
What happened next will most likely be left for a jury to decide. The woman says that the 43-year-old police officer raped her and forced her to perform oral sex in a private area of her home. According to the police officer, he admits that the two had sex while he was on duty, but he says the sex was consensual. The officer vehemently denies that he sexually assaulted the woman.
Because having sex on the job is against police department rules, the police officer was ultimately fired after an internal investigation.
The Milwaukee County district attorney did not think there was enough evidence to convict him of a sex crime and so decided against charging him. Apparently, this was because he felt that the woman's testimony was not strong enough to result in a conviction.
However, the U.S. attorney's office and the FBI believe that the woman's story is true and provable. As a result, they have decided to charge the former police officer with two federal felonies:
- Violating the woman's civil rights while acting under the color of law.
- Using a firearm in the commission of an act of violence.
Only time will tell whether these federal charges will lead to a conviction. If convicted, the former police officer will face a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Source: Journal Sentinel, "Fired Milwaukee police officer charged in rape case," Gina Barton and John Diedrich, Sept. 20, 2011