Former State of the Union "Hero" Cop Faces Rape Charges

Former State of the Union "Hero" Cop Faces Rape Charges

Richard DeCoatsworth, a former Philadelphia cop who sat next to Michelle Obama at the president's speech in 2009, is facing rape charges.

Published May 20, 2013

A former “hero” cop who sat next to First Lady Michelle Obama during President Obama’s 2009 State of the Union address, has been charged with raping two women and assaulting another.

Richard DeCoatsworth, a 27-year-old former Philadelphia officer, is being held on $60 million bail for more than 32 crimes.

Two weeks ago, he met one woman at a bar and forced her into prostitution at a hotel, according to NBC 10.

He then went to the woman’s home between 2 a.m. Thursday and Friday evening and forced her and a second woman to use drugs and perform oral sex on him at gunpoint, according to sources. On May 9, he reportedly assaulted his girlfriend.

Police raided DeCoatsworth's house on Saturday morning.

Vice President Joe Biden invited DeCoatsworth to the president’s speech in February 2009. DeCoatsworth was shot in the face in 2007 and chased down the suspect before he collapsed. The attacker was arrested by police the same day and sentenced to 36 to 72 years in prison.

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Written by Natelege Whaley


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