Maryland Police Officer Arrested, Charged With Raping Woman During Traffic Stop

A Maryland police officer has been arrested and charged with rape after allegedly assaulting a woman during a traffic stop.

Ryan Macklin, a six-year veteran of the Prince George’s County Police Department, was taken into custody Monday evening, according to a news release from the department.

He has been suspended without pay, the department said, and has been charged with first-degree rape, second-degree rape, perverted practice, second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex offense.

It was unclear whether Macklin has an attorney. Macklin was expected to appear in court via close circuit television on Wednesday.

Police said Macklin, 29, pulled the woman over at about 1 a.m. on Thursday.

The woman told police that the officer allegedly attempted to touch her breast before ordering her to move her car behind a store, according to charging documents. Behind the store, the officer allegedly forced the woman to perform oral sex on him and told her he wanted to have sex with her, the documents said.

The alleged assault was interrupted by a witness whom the woman had called earlier, the charging documents said. The officer returned to his cruiser and left the scene. The witness later corroborated some of the woman’s account of the assault, which was also backed up by video evidence.

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SOURCE: CNN, Amir Vera