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Oklahoma police officer accused of sexually assaulting women

MCLOUD, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma police officer is accused of sexually assaulting at least five women while he was on duty and in uniform.

Justin Rahlf, who resigned Sept. 21 after several years with the McLoud Police Department, was booked into Pottawatomie County’s jail on Tuesday on preliminary charges of forcible oral sodomy and indecent exposure. Rahlf, 35, posted a $25,000 bond and was released. Court records don’t list an attorney for him yet.

Authorities allege that since June of 2016, Rahlf had forced one woman to have intercourse, forced another to perform oral sex on him and had inappropriate sexual contact with at least three other women. They also say he urinated in front of women and made inappropriate and unwanted sexual advances toward women.

Police Chief Tom Pringle said the department received credible information last month that one of its former officers may have engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct, and that it was “able to identify a potential victim and corroborate the information” it received.

Prosecutor Adam Panter said he expects Rahlf to be formally charged within the next two weeks, after the district attorney’s Drugs and Violent Crimes Task Force finishes investigating the case.

“There were multiple adult female victims, with all of the allegations occurring while Rahlf was on duty and in uniform,” Panter said. “Although we are not aware of any other victims at this time, we do encourage any others who have any experiences with the suspect they believe were inappropriate to call the DA’s office so that we can inform the investigators.”

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