A former Enid High School football standout, now an Oklahoma City Police officer, has been arrested on complaints of sexual battery and rape.
Daniel K. Holtzclaw, 27, was arrested Thursday afternoon on nine complaints.
Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty made the announcement Thursday afternoon, KOCO reported on its website. He said there are at least seven victims in the case, all black women.
The Oklahoman reported that the alleged victims were between 34 and 58 years old and that the incidents occurred in an OKC area northeast of the state Capitol between February and June, according to AP.
Citty said investigators think there may be additional victims, according to The Associated Press. If other women feel victimized by similar crimes, NAACP President Anthony Douglas urged them to come forward, according to KOCO.
"We started the investigation and we started looking at traffic stops he had made throughout the previous months to try to identify and initiate contact with females that we knew he had stopped during that period of time ... to see if they had been sexually assaulted," Citty said, according to AP.
Holtzclaw served in the department’s Spring Lake Division.
Online jail records show Holtzclaw was arrested on three complaints of forcible sodomy, two complaints of indecent exposure, first-degree rape, first-degree rape by instrumentation and two counts of sexual battery.
Holtzclaw us being held in lieu of $5 million bond, jail records show.
KOCO reported Citty said the victims were forced to expose and fondle themselves and one of the victims was raped. He said several of the females were forced to perform oral sex.
A victim complaint prompted the investigation. Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said charges could be filed by Aug. 29, AP reports.
Holtzclaw shares the record at Enid High with 25 tackles in a single game and ranks among its career leaders in tackles. He played football at Eastern Michigan on a scholarship, where he was named a freshman All-American.
During his career at EMU, as a four-year starter he accrued 437 career tackles, which ranked third all-time in the Mid-American Conference and 11th in the NCAA when he graduated after the 2008 season.
Staff Writer Cass Rains and Sports Editor Dave Ruthenberg contributed to this story.