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Prosecutor says ex-cop abused power of badge

Posted at 6:36 PM, Dec 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-07 19:36:31-05

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A prosecutor has told jurors that a former Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting 13 women used the power of the badge to prey upon vulnerable citizens.

Attorneys are presenting closing arguments Monday in the trial of 28-year-old Daniel Holtzclaw. He is charged with 36 counts of rape, sexual battery and other charges that carry a possible life prison sentence.

Assistant District Attorney Lori McConnell says Holtzclaw targeted drug addicts with felony records as he patrolled largely low-income areas of the city. She says the women were intimidated and did not report the attacks.

Defense attorneys who have challenged the credibility of the witnesses are set to make their closing arguments to the jury later Monday.