The Latest: Ex-Oklahoma cop on 24-hour watch in county jail

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Posted: Dec 11, 2015 1:57 PM
The Latest: Ex-Oklahoma cop on 24-hour watch in county jail

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The latest on the conviction of a former Oklahoma City police officer accused of using his police beat to prey on women (all times are local):

12:45 p.m.

Authorities say a former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of 18 charges including first-degree rape is under 24-hour watch in jail after an emotional outburst following his conviction.

Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mark Opgrande said Friday that Daniel Holtzclaw is in special protection inside the jail as a precaution because of his demeanor after the trial.

The 29-year-old Holtzclaw began sobbing late Thursday after a jury convicted him.

Opgrande says Holtzclaw is being held in a single cell inside the county jail and is under 24-hour surveillance by a jailer.

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11:45 a.m.

The woman whose report launched the police investigation into a former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of 18 charges including first-degree rape says she knew she didn't do anything wrong.

Daniel Holtzclaw was found guilty Thursday of rape, sexual battery and other charges related to allegations that he used his police beat to prey on black women. Jurors heard from 13 women and convicted Holtzclaw on charges related to eight.

At a news conference Friday, one of the women, Jannie Ligons, was introduced by her attorney. She said she was pulled over for no reason and as she was begging the officer not to make her do what he was asking for.

Ligons said all she can say is that Holtzclaw picked the wrong lady to stop that night.

The AP does not identify victims of sex crimes without their consent, but is using Ligons' name because she spoke publicly.

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12 a.m.

Several victims of an ex-Oklahoma City police officer are expected to speak out a day after he was convicted of 18 charges including first-degree rape.

Daniel Holtzclaw was found guilty Thursday of rape, sexual battery and other charges related to allegations that he used his police beat to prey on black women. Jurors heard from 13 women and convicted Holtzclaw on charges related to eight.

Shortly after the verdict was read, a press conference was announced with victims, lawyers and local activists, in front of the courthouse where Holtzclaw was tried and convicted.

At least one victim was in court Thursday: the grandmother whose report to police launched the investigation against Holtzclaw.

Holtzclaw could face more than 200 years in prison when he is sentenced in January.

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