On-duty officer accused of raping woman during Texas traffic stop: police

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An on-duty police officer in full uniform allegedly raped a 19-year-old woman during a traffic stop in San Antonio on Friday morning, police said.

Officer Jackie Neal, an 11-year veteran with the San Antonio Police Department, was taken into custody after he was accused of handcuffing and raping a woman he pulled over while on duty around 2 a.m. Friday, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

He was arrested on a warrant for felony sexual assault. Police said he had been accused of sexual assault before, the newspaper reported.

“I am angry. I am outraged. It’s a punch in the eye to the police department, this kind of conduct,” said San Antonio police Chief William McManus. “We won’t tolerate it for a second. And I think the swiftness of the investigation and the arrest is indicative of that.”

Chief McManus said he didn’t know whether Officer Neal and the victim knew each other before the alleged attack.

“I praise the victim for having the courage to come forward and having the confidence in the SAPD to handle the case effectively,” he said.

Officer Neal was released from custody on $20,000 bond Saturday morning. He has been placed on administrative leave with pay, in accordance with department protocol, KENS 5 reported.

The police chief said a different woman made a similar complaint against Officer Neal a few years ago. The woman later refused to cooperate in a police investigation, so the case wasn’t pursued, he told the Express-News.

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