A Maryland police officer was charged with raping a woman in her car during an early morning traffic stop last week.
Officer 1st Class Ryan Macklin, of the Prince George’s County police department, was charged with charged with first- and second-degree rape, perverted practice, second-degree assault and fourth-degree sexual contact, reported WTOP.
The 29-year-old was on-duty and in uniform when he allegedly pulled over a woman using his police cruiser. The stop took place around 1 a.m. Thursday.
Charging documents released Tuesday say that during the traffic stop, Macklin “attempted to touch her breast,” then “ordered her to drive behind a nearby store.”
When the woman parked behind the store, Macklin allegedly grabbed her and forced her to perform a sex act, “then said he wanted to have sex with her.”
Soon, a person the woman had called previously, arrived at the scene.
“The Defendant returned to his marked Prince George’s County cruiser and left the scene,” according to the document, signed by Prince George’s County Sgt. David Chandler.
Macklin is a six-year veteran of the force
In a Monday news conference, Police Chief Hank Stawinski said investigators believe there may be more victims.
“The investigation has led me to believe, based on … the victim’s statement, witness statements, the totality of the circumstances, that he saw this individual and chose to target her simply because she was a woman driving at a late hour in Prince George’s County. There is nothing that leads us to conclude there was anything further,” Stawinski said after announcing the arrest.
The chief says they may go before a grand jury as early as Thursday.
“I want to praise the victim in this for having the courage to come forward. She came forward with the encouragement of some of her friends. We can’t address these issues of any kind, whether its police misconduct, whether its criminal conduct, whether its gangs, whatever the case may be. We can’t address those things without the cooperation of the community,” Stawinski said.
(Photo: WTOP via Prince George's County Police Department)
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