Sgt. Timothy Nolan of Brooklyn, New York faces charges after forcing a woman to perform a sex act on him in a courthouse stairwell, according to The New York Post.
The victim, Erica McRae, had been waiting to post bail for her boyfriend and was directed into a hallway by Nolan, where he pulled out his penis and declared “I got you. I will take care of you," and commanded her to "spit on it," according to court documents.
The victim reportedly feared for the fate of her boyfriend, whom she worried may face consequences if she did not obey Nolan's demands. She has decided to come forward with her identity in the hopes of preventing incidents like this from occurring in the future.
Nolan was arraigned Monday before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun.
“What this defendant – a public servant – allegedly did was a disgrace to his fellow court officers who day in and day out serve the public with respect and work hard to keep our courthouses safe,” Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzlez said in a statement. “He allegedly abused his authority to exploit a young woman who needed assistance in order to gratify himself.”
“I’m grateful for the district attorney for taking this seriously and charging him for what he did to me. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else. I hope because of this indictment that they’ll know officers cannot get away with this,” said the McRae.
Nolan has been charged with official misconduct, second-degree coercion, public lewdness, and exposure of a person. He faces up to a year in if found guilty.
The New York Post reports that he has not been fired from his position and is now on modified duty since the incident. The New York Daily News says that he was suspended without pay. He did not offer a comment on the situation.
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