Former officer convicted in rape of 8 women in Oklahoma

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A former member of the Oklahoma City Police Department has been convicted in the sexual assault of eight women. (KTRK)

An officer accused of assaulting or raping eight women while he was on the job has been found guilty in Oklahoma.

A jury found former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw guilty on 18 counts, including rape and sexual battery, reports KOKH-TV.

Prosecutors say Holtzclaw preyed on women in one of Oklahoma's poorest neighborhoods, using his badge to manipulate his victims.

Holtzclaw and members of his family have maintained he is not guilty of these crimes.

Now a judge must sentence Holtzclaw, who could spend the rest of his life in prison.

KOCO-TV reports the jury has suggested 263 years as the sentence for this conviction. Sentencing is set for January 21.

The Oklahoma City Police Department released the following statement following the guilty verdict:

The Oklahoma City Police Department is pleased with the jury's decision regarding the Daniel Holtzclaw trial. It was a long and difficult trial and deliberation process for all involved. It is obvious the jury took their responsibilities very seriously and considered every piece of evidence presented to them.

We are proud of our detectives and prosecutors for a job well done.

To the jury, we thank you for your service.

We are satisfied with the jury's decision and firmly believe justice was served.
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