- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A former Philadelphia police officer once hailed as a hero who sat next to the first lady during the 2009 State of the Union address was indicted yesterday after being accused of forcing two women to take heroin at gunpoint before raping them.

Richard DeCoatsworth was charged with rape, sexual assault, intent to possess or distribute drugs, human trafficking, promoting prostitution and witness intimidation related to the May 16 incident.

The 27-year-old was hailed as a hero after he survived a shotgun blast to the face during a traffic stop in September 2007. He managed to chase after his attacker, who was later sentenced to 36 to 72 years in prison, the Daily Mail reported.

The “hero cop” was later invited by Vice President Joe Biden to attend the president’s address to Congress and sit with Michelle Obama in 2009.

Now, prosecutors say he has become a “dangerous and scary person, someone the public needs to be protected from,” the Philadelphia Daily News reported.

Mr. DeCoatsworth retired in December 2011 after accumulating nine Internal Affairs complaints lodged by citizens accusing him of assault, abuse and misconduct