An Oklahoma County judge increased bond Thursday for an Oklahoma City police officer and Enid native accused of sexually assaulting women he encountered while on patrol.
Bond for Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 27, was increased Thursday morning by $109,000 at the request of prosecutors. The request for increased bond followed the filing of an additional 10 charges against the officer last week.
During the hearing, Holtzclaw also was sanctioned for violating the conditions of his release on bond and ordered to serve 14 days in Oklahoma County Jail.
Multiple media outlets in Oklahoma City reported protesters were present outside the courthouse wanting Holtzclaw put back in jail.
Holtzclaw was charged Aug. 29 with 16 felonies, including four counts of forcible oral sodomy, two counts of first-degree rape, four counts of sexual battery, four counts of indecent exposure, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of stalking. Those charges allege there are eight victims.
Holtzclaw was charged Sept. 26 with 10 more felonies alleging crimes against two additional victims.
Following his arrest in August, Holtzclaw was held in lieu of a $5 million cash bond. Bond was reduced to $500,000 during a hearing, and Holtzclaw posted the cash bond Sept. 9.
Conditions of his release on bond included being under full house arrest, wearing a GPS monitoring unit and only traveling to his attorney’s office or court appearances. Holtzclaw had been staying at his parent’s house in Enid.
A statement concerning the newest developments was posted on the Facebook page Justice for Daniel Holtzclaw, maintained by Holtzclaw’s sister, and expressed its belief in Holtzclaw’s innocence.
“The prosecutors have convinced the judge to set a 14-day sanction and raise the bail based on Daniel not calling the correct agency of the departure to go to an eye appointment with the doctor, although he did call the bail-bondsman in which he testified today (Thursday) stating Daniel did notify he was leaving the house ... GPS on his ankle bracelet shows the direct route leaving exactly from the house and directly back. This also was his first time to leave the house, as well.
“This was an honest mistake that he contacted the wrong point of contact.”
The statement says it is unclear if the new bond can be posted.
“We feel the media frenzy and false claims of assaults accepted by the DA as factual (have) swayed the judge and (it is) unclear if a fair trial can be heard.
“The latest bizarre allegations solidified our belief that he is being targeted and singled out. There is another side to all of these allegations, which is Daniel’s side which will come out in court during trial.
“We do believe in his innocence and Daniel continues to vigorously deny all sexual accusations.”
The statement ends, “Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers during these trying times.”
Holtzclaw is set for a preliminary hearing Nov. 17-18 in Oklahoma County District Court.