Ex-Oklahoma officer asks for new trial on rape, sex crimes

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Posted: Jan 20, 2016 6:32 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of raping and sexually victimizing eight women while on duty has filed a request for a new trial on the eve of his sentencing.

Attorney Scott Adams filed the request late Wednesday on behalf of former police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, who is set to be sentenced Thursday morning.

Holtzclaw was convicted last month on 18 charges and acquitted him on 18 others. He could serve up to 263 years in prison consecutively.

Wednesday's court filing seeks a new trial or evidentiary hearing, claiming that prosecutors withheld evidence from Holtzclaw's defense team. The filing, posted on KFOR-TV's website (http://bit.ly/1PirvBl ), says prosecutors may have withheld evidence.

"If there is additional DNA evidence despite the government's representations to the contrary, and if there are additional people who came forward and falsely claimed that they were victims ... then deliberate misrepresentations were made not only to the defense counsel but to the Court, calling into question the credibility of the government's entire case," the filing said.

It was not immediately clear when District Judge Timothy Henderson would rule on the motion.

Neither a phone call to Adams nor a call to Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater was immediately returned late Wednesday.

The Associated Press highlighted Holtzclaw's case in an investigation of sexual misconduct by law officers that revealed about 1,000 officers in the U.S. lost their licenses because of sex crimes or misconduct over a six-year period.

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Information from: KFOR-TV, http://www.kfor.com