Oklahoma City won’t pay legal fees for former officer charged with rape

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OKLAHOMA CITY — City leaders unanimously rejected a plea from a former Oklahoma City police officer to pick up the cost of his legal defense.

Daniel Holtzclaw is charged with 36 counts of rape, sexual battery, indecent exposure and forcible oral sodomy after several women came forward, claiming the officer assaulted them while they were in custody or inside his police car.

Holtzclaw was fired from the force in January.

His attorney had asked the city to pay for his legal defense with taxpayer dollars.

Oklahoma law requires the city to investigate and determine whether the employee was acting in good faith during employment.

However, the city says “sexual assault” negates the “acting in good faith” requirement.