A police officer in Maryland has been arrested and charged with rape on Monday. Ryan Macklin was accused of assaulting a woman sexually last week during a traffic stop. Macklin is a 6-year veteran of the Prince George’s County Police Department. On the said day, which is on 11th October, the police officer is said to have pulled the driver over at around 1am and forced the woman to perform a sexual act with him.
Ryan Macklin is believed to have been on duty on the said day, in a marked police car and in his full police uniform. An investigation carried out by the police found out that Macklin got into the woman’s car after pulling her over, where he assaulted her. The woman’s identity has not been released to the public to protect her.
She however reported the matter to the authorities several hours after the attack, after her friends encouraged her to do so, reported Prince George’s County Police Chief Henry Stawinski.
The police officer has since been charged with first-degree rape, second-degree rape, second-degree assault, perverted sexual acts and fourth-degree sex offence. His case is expected to go before a jury by Thursday.
However, there is no evidence to back the claims up or a reason to believe that the woman was targeted, according to the investigating officers. Since the woman was not known to the accused officer, there is a reason to believe that there could be other people who have been impacted by the said officer’s behavior. Anyone with any similar issue or any information at all has been asked to come forward.
While awaiting the hearing of his case, Macklin has been suspended without pay by the police department in conjunction with the state attorney’s office. Further investigations have been launched into the matter.
Prince George’s County Police Chief Henry Stawinski has promised to handle the matter in a manner that will enhance public trust on law enforcers, so that more people will come out to report any incidences they may have encountered in the hands of police officers.