An unnamed woman has accused Ryan Macklin, a six-year veteran police officer in Maryland, of sexually assaulting her during a late-night traffic stop on Thursday night. After a preliminary investigation, Macklin was charged with rape and a host of other charges.
The unidentified woman appears to be in the country illegally, though this has not been confirmed. Maryland's Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski repeatedly said that the woman was targeted because she was female, and not because of her "immigration status."
Macklin, 29, pulled over the woman around 1 a.m. while on duty and in uniform. After apparently entering the woman's car, Macklin allegedly forced her to perform a sexual act on him.
The alleged victim was seemingly hesitant to come forward, only notifying authorities after friends coaxed her into it several hours after the incident.
The officer was arrested on Monday and charged with first-degree rape, second-degree rape, perverted sexual acts, second-degree assault, and fourth-degree sex offense, according to The Blaze. For now, Macklin has been suspended without pay.
Suspecting further foul play by Macklin, Chief Stawinski has asked the community to call investigators at 301-772-4795 with any information.
"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 Stawinski during a press conference with the media.
"This process will play out and I am certain that we will arrive at a conclusion that enhances the public trust in this community, in this institution," he added.
H/t The Blaze