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Police Officer Accused Of Rape After Allegedly Forcing Woman To Give Him Oral Sex During Traffic Stop
Officer Ryan Macklin was on duty and in uniform at the time of the alleged sexual assault in Prince George's County in Maryland.
A Maryland police officer is being accused of sexually assaulting a woman and forcing her to give him oral sex during an early morning traffic stop, according to charging documents obtained by Oxygen.com.
According to the report, Prince George's County Police Officer First Class Ryan Macklin pulled over an adult female at approximately 1 a.m. on Thursday. During the stop, the victim reported he "attempted to touch her breast" and then asked her to pull her car behind a nearby store. At some point, police said Macklin got into the victim's car and was sitting next to her.
"Once behind the store, the Defendant grabbed the victim's head and physically forced her to perform fellatio on him, then said he wanted to have sex with her," the charging documents state.
At this time, a witness, who the victim had contacted earlier, arrived at the scene and Macklin reportedly walked back to his police cruiser and left. Police said he was on duty at the time and was wearing his uniform and driving his marked police vehicle.
Macklin was charged Monday with first-degree rape, second-degree rape, second-degree assault, perverted practice and fourth-degree sex offense.
The victim reported the alleged sexual assault to police several hours after it occurred at the encouragement of her friends.
In a press conference held Monday night, Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said the department immediately took the accusations seriously and began a thorough investigation.
"When we began this investigation, we were not investigating a case of possible misconduct by a police officer. We were investigating a crime committed by a police officer," he told the media.
After talking to witnesses, gathering evidence and viewing video footage from the night, including security footage from a store that shows the victim initially being pulled over, police detectives believed they had enough evidence to arrest Macklin Monday night.
While initial media reports had questioned whether the woman may have been targeted due to her immigration status, Stawinski told reporters Monday night that he didn't "believe that to be the case."
He called the allegations "highly troubling," in a press release issued by the department.
"Officers take an oath to protect others, not to abuse their authority in order to victimize someone," he said.
Macklin had been with the department for six years and police now believe this may not have been an isolated incident.
"During the course of the last 72 hours we've also come into information which leads us to believe there may be additional people impacted by this officer's conduct," Stawinski said at the press conference.
He asked any members of the public with information about this incident or any others to call investigators at 301-772-4795.
Stawinksi said the case could appear before a grand jury as early as Thursday.
[Photo: Prince George’s County Police]