Prince George’s County, Md. Police Officer Ryan Macklin was arrested on Monday after he allegedly raped a woman in her car during a traffic stop.
According to the Associated Press
, Macklin is facing multiple charges, including first-degree rape. The incident occurred last week, during the early morning hours, when Macklin apparently pulled over and forced the victim to perform a sex act.
Police Chief Hank Stawinski believes that there could be more victims.
Macklin, a six-year veteran with the department, was suspended without pay.
The victim told police that the officer allegedly attempted to touch her breasts before ordering her to pull her car behind a store, where he then forced her to perform oral sex on him. He then told her he wanted to have sex with her, CNN reports.
Fortunately, the alleged attack was stopped by a witness who the woman had called earlier. The officer fled the scene, however the witness later backed up the woman’s story, which was also supported by video evidence.
“The charges against this officer are highly troubling,” Stawinski said. “Officers take an oath to protect others, not to abuse their authority in order to victimize someone. Those who live and work in Prince George’s County deserve the very best from the men and women of this department.”
Police are asking anyone with any information about the assault, Macklin, or any related conduct, call 301-772-4795.