OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma County judge slashes the bond for an Oklahoma City police officer accused of preying on women while on patrol.
The officer faces 16 criminal counts for allegedly sexually assaulting and raping a number of women.
Since his arrest officer Daniel Holtzclaw has been behind bars on a 5 million dollar bond.
Wednesday the judge reduced the bond from 5 million to 500 thousand dollars.
If the family can come up with that money, the officer will also be under house arrest with his father in Enid until the case can go to trial.
Holtzclaw’s attorney Scott Adams says Holtzclaw maintains his innocence.
“He’s upset he is where he is and denies he did any of this stuff,” said Adams.
While patrolling the streets on the city’s northeast side, prosecutors say Holtzclaw instead acted as a sexual predator forcing women to perform sexual favors.
Holtzclaw is now facing 16 criminal counts.
All the crimes happened in the Springlake division.
Prosecutors say 8 alleged victims have now been identified.
In court Holtzclaw’s attorney asked the 5 million dollar bond be reduced because Holtzclaw had no prior criminal history and the judge agreed.
“We all knew 5 million was way way too high and 500 thousand I can’t disagree in a case like this,” said Adams.
Holtzclaws family has created a Facebook page asking people to withhold judgment of the disgraced officer.
“I mean he’s looking forward to clearing his name. He’s not a coward. If he was, he would have run when they put him on leave,” said Adams.
If he does make bond, Holtzclaw will be required to wear a GPS ankle monitor.
He remains on paid leave while the case is investigated.