- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Attorneys for an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting at least seven women while on duty have asked the court to reduce his bond from $5 million.

In papers filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court, Daniel Holtzclaw’s attorneys say Judge Cindy Truong erred by setting his bond so high and that she should have set it at $139,000, based on state guidelines for the allegations against him.

Holtzclaw, 27, was arrested last week, but he hasn’t been formally charged. Prosecutors contend that he raped one woman and either fondled others or forced them to expose themselves. Police say the women were all black and that they ranged in age from 34 to 58 years old, but that it’s not clear if race played a role in the alleged crimes.

Prosecutors said last week that they expect to charge Holtzclaw by this Friday. Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater did not return a phone call seeking comment.

One of Holtzclaw’s lawyers, R. Scott Adams, told The Associated Press that Holtzclaw is shocked and devastated by the allegations, which he denies.

Adams said that based on his client’s back ground, there’s no reason why the bond should have been set so high.

“I’ve done this for 25 years and I’ve never had anyone who doesn’t have any priors or anything such as Daniel’s background that is being held on a $5 million cash bond. I’ve never seen that happen before,” Adams said. “He shouldn’t be treated any differently than anyone else.”

The lawyers say in their motion that Holtzclaw is not a flight risk and presents no danger to the community.

“He is accused of assaulting women while on duty as a police officer,” the motion states. “He is no longer an on-duty officer and there have been no accusations that Mr. Holtzlaw committed any off-duty crimes or that he has proclivity to do so.”

Jennifer Holtzclaw, one of his sisters, has set up a crowd-funding website and Facebook page supporting her brother. She said the family stands 100 percent behind him and is trying to raise $100,000 for his legal fees.

“My brother is a very sweet, caring person. One of his friends … brought me to tears. He said … ‘Daniel has the heart of a lion,’ and that is the best way to describe my brother,” Jennifer Holtzclaw said.


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