OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma City Police Department officer charged with more than 30 felonies accusing him of sexually assaulting woman has been fired from the department, according to an announcement on OKCPD’s Facebook page.
The department announced it had terminated Enid native Daniel Holtzclaw Thursday.
“On June 18, 2014, the Oklahoma City Police Department became aware of acts of criminal misconduct believed to have been committed by an officer of this department,” according to the post. “Investigators soon identified Officer Daniel Holtzclaw as the person accused of sexual acts against a member of our community. Hours after receiving this information from the victim, an initial interview was conducted and Holtzclaw was placed on administrative leave pending a full investigation of the allegations.
“In August of 2014, Daniel Holtzclaw was arrested and formally charged by members or our department for various criminal charges including forcible oral sodomy, indecent exposure, stalking, sexual battery, and rape. These charges were filed after detectives from this department were able to find multiple additional victims who had also come in contact with Holtzclaw.
“After the criminal investigation was concluded the Oklahoma City Police Department began an internal investigation into the various alleged incidents. After all formal protocol was followed, the result of the internal investigation is the termination of Daniel Holtzclaw from employment with the Oklahoma City Police Department.”
A statement from OKCPD Chief William Citty to Holtzclaw in a termination letter also was included in the post.
“Your offenses committed against women in our community constitute the greatest abuse of police authority I have witnessed in my 37 years as a member of this agency,” according to the post. “These violations more than warrant your termination from the Oklahoma City Police Department.”
The post ends, “We believe these incidents were the criminal and malicious acts of a lone person and in no way represent the professionalism, courage and compassion exemplified by our officers to our community on a daily basis. The solid trust we have with our community can only be maintained by continued transparency, professionalism and the just and fair policing of our own employees.
“We hope this incident, although, appalling, embarrassing and unfortunate, serves as an example that we will hold our officers accountable to the same laws to which we hold the citizens to.”