Daniel Hoytzclaw, the former Oklahoma City Police Officer has been found guilty by a jury on eighteen counts of various sex offense including rape, sexual battery and oral sodomy. Hoytzclaw was acquitted of 18 other counts. The jury deliberated for forty hours before reaching their verdict.
Hoytzclaw faces unto 200 years in prison. He will be sentenced next month.
The all white jury convicted the former police officer who was accused sex crimes against thirteen women all of whom were black. The assaults occurred when Hoytzclaw was on duty in Oklahoma City.
The case set off a national debate about police officers and race in cities in America. Hotyclaw has now been convicted of targeting women in poor neighborhoods using his authority as a police to assault the women. Testimony included incidents where he would stop a victim in her car and sexually assault them. He also promised to drop drug charges if they did not report his assaults.
Hoytzclaw graduated Eastern Michigan with a degree in criminal justice. There he player football.
The case against Hoytzclaw began in 2014 after a woman accused him of sexual impropriety when he stopped her. He was then fired. Oklahoma City Police Chief said that this was “The greatest abuse of power I have ever witnessed.”