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Texas Cop Arrested After Allegedly Pulling Over Woman and Raping Her in Patrol Car

The officer, Jackie Len Neal, has previously been accused of sexual assault.
 
 
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A patrol car from the San Antonio, Texas Police Department.
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A police officer from San Antonio, Texas has been accused of raping a woman he pulled over on Friday.  Jackie Len Neal, a police officer who has previously been accused of sexual assault, was charged on Saturday and released on a $20,000 bond, according to the San Antonio News.   

On Friday, Neal pulled over a 19-year-old woman.  He told the woman he was following her because he claimed the car was stolen, though she had a sales receipt for the vehicle.  Neal told the woman to get out of the car so he could pat her down, and the young female said she preferred a female officer to do so.  She was ignored, and then Neal reportedly groped the woman, placed her in handcuffs and raped her in the back of his cop car.  Neal also allegedly told the woman not to tell anyone.

“I can't express in words how disappointed and angry I am about this. I am at a loss for words,” said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.  ““There is no such thing a consensual sex on duty...I feel silly even saying that we won't tolerate it. Of course we won't tolerate it. There is no gray area. This is a criminal offense.”  He called on any other woman who may experienced the same thing to come forward.

A separate woman made a similar complaint about Neal a few years ago, though she reportedly refused to cooperate with the police and no charges were filed. The police department will ask that woman to cooperate in this new investigation.  Neal also was suspended in September for three days after dating a 18-year-old participant in a program meant to encourage people to become involved in law enforcement.

 

Alex Kane is AlterNet's New York-based World editor, and an assistant editor for Mondoweiss. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

 
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