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Former Philadelphia cop accused of rape

Former Philadelphia police officer Richard DeCoatsworth has been arrested and charged with several criminal counts, including rate, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, false imprisonment and aggravated assault, according to CBS News.com report.

DeCoatsworth is accused of forcing two women to "engage in the use of narcotics and sexual acts" after they left a party with him early on Thursday morning. Court records indicate that he brandished a handgun in persuading the women to act.

 

The arrest signifies a tremendous fall from grace for the officer formerly hailed as a hero. In 2007, he was shot in the face by a shotgun during a traffic stop. However, he was still able to chase down (and arrest) the suspects.  The efforts earned a call from Vice President Joe Biden to attend a joint session of Congress as President Obama delivered a speech in 2009 (which was essentially an unofficial State of the Union).

Meanwhile, an investigation into the allegations is ongoing. DeCoatsworth is being held on $60 million bail. 

Sex crimes are serious, emotionally charged offenses that require the prompt intervention of an experienced criminal defense attorney. In these situations, it is just as important to learn about the backgrounds of everyone involved as it is to know all the facts in the case. 

Also it is important to establish credibility and be able to tell the story in one's own words (outside of questioning by police). Many sex crime suspects believe they are simply "clearing the air" and telling their side of the story, when they are merely setting the foundation for their own arrest.

Source: CBS News.com, Richard DeCoatsworth, former Philadelpia cop once hailed as hero, charged with raping two women, police say, May 20, 2013

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