Attorney for former officer charged with rape asking city to pay for his defense in civil suit

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A former Oklahoma City police officer, who is awaiting trial on sexual assault charges, may end up costing the city hefty legal fees.

Last year, Daniel Holtzclaw was placed on administrative leave after several women accused him of rape.

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.

He was fired from the force in January.

One of those women he’s accused of assaulting is suing both Holtzclaw and the city in a civil lawsuit.

The attorney representing the former officer in the civil suit is now asking the city to pay for his defense with taxpayer dollars.

The city council will consider that request next week.

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