Clearly it hasn’t been a good week for women and police traffic stops. If you’re trying to play catch up, you should read here and here. As irony and the total disregard for women would have it, a San Antonio police officer was arrested yesterday for the alleged sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman. San Antonio officer Jackie Len Neal, 40, was arrested on a charge of felony sexual assault, and was released on $20,000 bond.
According to a report, this isn’t the first time Neal has been the subj4ct of an nvestigation for inappropriate conduct towards women on patrol. Unfortunately for the victim in this recent case, Neal was allowed the opportunity to prey on unsuspecting women while on patrol. To that point, there’s no telling how many times Neal has sexually violated female drivers. Thankfully this victim was brave enough to press charges.
On Friday morning, according to an arrest warrant affidavit, Neal allegedly tailed a woman until she pulled over on Betty Street and stepped out of her vehicle. He turned on his overhead lights and requested that she get back inside.
The woman complied with the order but left her door open, the report said.
Neal told the woman he was following her because the car she was driving was reported stolen, the woman told police. She showed the officer a sales slip for the recently purchased car. Officers could not confirm whether the vehicle was ever reported stolen.
Neal asked the woman to get out of the vehicle so he could pat her down, according to the affidavit. The woman said she felt uncomfortable and asked that a female officer pat her down, but her request was ignored.
During the pat-down, the affidavit said, Neal groped the woman, placed her in handcuffs and moved her to the back of his patrol car.
The document said he then raped her and instructed her not to tell anyone.
It did not appear as though Neal made any attempt to conceal his identity, police said.
A GPS tracking system in Neal’s patrol car confirmed it was parked on Betty Street at Janice Lavon Drive for about 18 minutes Friday, according to police.
McManus said SAPD vehicles are outfitted with cameras that require a hard drive to function. Neal’s patrol car did not have a hard drive at the time of the alleged assault. McManus said Neal would have been aware that the system was not functioning.
Had it been working properly, the surveillance equipment would have recorded activity in the front and rear of the patrol car.
Neal was off-duty when SAPD and Special Victims Unit detectives pulled him over around 2 a.m. Saturday and arrested him, SAPD spokesman Officer Roger Zuniga said.
McManus said he has asked FBI to join the investigation because of a possible civil rights violation. (source)
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