A Maryland cop was arrested Monday on charges that he raped a woman he had pulled over during a traffic stop.
Prince George’s County police officer Ryan Macklin is accused of pulling the woman over early Thursday morning, then making his way into her car where he forced her into a sex act.
The victim was an undocumented immigrant but police have not said if that played a role in the alleged incident.
According to a press release from the police department:
> The preliminary investigation reveals Macklin pulled over the driver early Thursday morning on University Boulevard in Langley Park. During that stop, Macklin is accused of forcing the victim to perform a sexual act while they were both seated in her car in a nearby parking lot. Macklin was on-duty, in uniform, and driving a marked police cruiser at the time. At this point in the investigation, there is no evidence as to why he targeted this victim. Investigators released this brief surveillance video where POFC Macklin can be seen activating his emergency equipment on his cruiser in order to initiate the traffic stop in question.
> “The charges against this officer are highly troubling. 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,” said Chief Hank Stawinski.
The six-year veteran was charged with first degree rape, second degree rape, perverted practice, second degree assault and fourth degree sex offense.
Police believe there may be more victims and recommended they call them at 301-772-4795 to report the crime.