A police officer in Texas has been arrested by his fellow officers for raping a 19-year-old woman in the back of his squad car. That’s bad enough, of course, but this is his third charge of sexual misconduct and he was still on duty!
San Antonio police officer Jackie Neal, 40, was arrested last week after the young woman reported him for raping her at 2AM as Neal worked his overnight shift.
San Antonio Police Officer Jackie Neal.
According to reports, Neal followed the woman’s car for several blocks before pulling her over. He claimed that her car was on a list of stolen vehicles.
The victim says that the officer pulled her out of her vehicles and groped her as he patted her down even though she asked for a female officer to be sent to the scene. Then she says he took her to his own car and raped her in the back seat.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.
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Chief William McManus told the media that the cameras in Neal’s car were not working so there is no video proof of the attack. But the Chief notes that Neal would have known that the cameras were out and that would have given him cover to rape the woman.
The Chief feels that there may be other woman out there who were raped by Neal so he is urging other possible victims to come forward to help with the prosecution.
This isn’t the only sexual misconduct charge leveled against Officer Neal.
Several years ago, Neal was charged with rape but the victim refused to cooperate with investigators and charges were dropped. Neal was also sanctioned for dating an 18-year-old girl who was part of a police youth program.
“I can’t express in words how disappointed and angry I am about this,” McManus told the San Antonio Express-News. “I am at a loss for words. I am outraged. This is a punch in the eye to the police department.”
Neal, an 11-year veteran of the department, was released on $20,000 bail and is now on administrative leave pending further developments.
Why was this guy allowed to stay a cop with all this swirling around him? Have your say in the comments.
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