Bond has been lowered 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 set at $500,000 Wednesday with conditions placed upon his release, if bond is posted. Holtzclaw has been held since his arrest two weeks ago in lieu of a $5 million cash bond. His attorney had wanted bond set at $139,000.
According to online court records, if bond is posted, Holtzclaw would be under full house arrest, have a GPS monitor and would only be allowed to go to his attorney’s office and court proceedings.
At an earlier hearing Wednesday, Holtzclaw was set for a Sept. 18 preliminary hearing. A judge entered not-guilty pleas for him.
Holtzclaw was arrested last month following a months-long investigation by Oklahoma City police following a complaint from one of his alleged victims.
Prosecutors have filed 16 felony charges against Holtzclaw, 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. The charges allege there are eight victims.
Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty previously said Holtzclaw was hired in September 2011 and worked the 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift for the department’s Springlake Division, patrolling an area north and east of the state Capitol. He was placed on administrative leave following receipt of a complaint from one of the alleged victims.
“Oklahoma City Police started an investigation back in June 18 after it received a complaint from a lady who said she’s been stopped by an Oklahoma City police officer and had been forced to perform oral sodomy on that officer,” Citty said at a press conference announcing Holtzclaw’s arrest. “The officer was placed on administrative leave that morning, on June 18, and was taken off duty on June 18.”
Scott Adams, the Holtzclaw family’s attorney, said Holtzclaw intends to fight the charges and “vehemently denies” them.
“As everyone is aware by now, a 16-count Information has been filed against Daniel,” Adams said in a statement last week. “He has been informed of the charges and vehemently denies each and every one. Daniel asks that everyone remain strong during this difficult time. We ask for your continued support, thoughts and prayers.”
Holtzclaw has found support online. A Facebook page titled Justice for Daniel Holtzclaw has 615 likes. T-shirts reading #Justice4Daniel Holtzclaw and #FreetheClaw are being sold to raise funds for his defense.
A crowd-funding site recently removed a campaign for Holtzclaw after raising more than $7,000. A post on the Justice For Daniel Facebook page said the site GoFundMe.com pulled the campaign without notice or explanation.
However, there are other sites, such as Justice for Victims of Daniel Holtzclaw, that have appeared on the social networking site, too.