Policeman charged with 8 assaults freed on bond

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Police Officer Accused Of Assaulting Women Released
By KEN MILLER

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma City police officer charged with sexually assaulting at least eight women was released on $500,000 bond Friday two days after his bond was reduced from $5 million, even though a prosecutor said he was a danger to the community.

Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 27, was released Friday on several conditions, according to Oklahoma County jailers and his attorney. He is under house arrest and can go only to court and his attorney's office. He must turn in his police gear, guns and badge and is prohibited from contacting any alleged victims.

He successfully petitioned on Wednesday to have his bond reduced.

Holtzclaw was arrested Aug. 21 and later charged with 16 felony counts that include first-degree rape, sexual battery, indecent exposure, stalking, forcible oral sodomy and burglary. He could face up to life in prison if convicted on the first-degree rape charge alone.

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Daniel Holtzclaw, center, stands with his attorneys Robert Gray, left, and Scott Adams, during his sentencing in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was convicted of raping and sexually victimizing several women on his beat. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
Daniel Holtzclaw, center, listens as Gayland Gieger, right, Oklahoma County assistant district attorney, speaks during Holtzclaw's sentencing hearing in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was convicted of raping and sexually victimizing several women on his beat. At left is defense attorney Scott Adams. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
Daniel Holtzclaw, right, cries as the verdicts are read in his trial in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. At left is defense attorney Robert Gray. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. Holtzclaw was found guilty on a number of counts. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
Daniel Holtzclaw, right, looks at the jury as he is escorted from the courtroom after the verdicts in his trial in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. Holtzclaw was found guilty on a number of counts. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
Daniel Holtzclaw, center, puts his head on the table and cries as the verdicts are read in his trial in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. At left is defense attorney Robert Gray and at right is defense attorney Scott Adams. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. Holtzclaw was found guilty on a number of counts. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
Eric Holtzclaw, left, holds his wife, Kumiko Holtzclaw, right, as the verdicts are read in the trial of their son, Daniel Holtzclaw, in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. Holtzclaw was found guilty on a number of counts. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
Protestors carry signs outside the courthouse as the jury deliberates in the trial of Daniel Holtzclaw, in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. Holtzclaw is a former police officer accused of sexually victimizing 13 women in the neighborhood he patrolled. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Protestors carry signs outside the courthouse as the jury deliberates in the trial of Daniel Holtzclaw, in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. Holtzclaw is a former police officer accused of sexually victimizing 13 women in the neighborhood he patrolled. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw, left, an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting women he encountered while on patrol in neighborhoods near the state Capitol, is pictured in a courtroom along with his attorney, Scott Adams, second from right, for a hearing on whether to cut his bond from $5 million to $139,000, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw is pictured in a courtroom during his trial in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, is facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw is led from a courtroom during a break in testimony in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, is facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw, center, is escorted from a courtroom in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, is facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw listens to testimony as prosecutors continue their case in the second week of his trial in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, is facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw, right, is escorted to a courtroom in Oklahoma City, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, for jury selection in his trial. Holtzclaw is a former Oklahoma City police officer facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted women while on duty. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw, front, an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting women he encountered while on patrol in neighborhoods near the state Capitol, is led into a courtroom for a hearing on whether to cut his bond from $5 million to $139,000, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting women he encountered while on patrol in neighborhoods near the state Capitol, is pictured in a courtroom during a hearing on whether to cut his bond from $5 million to $139,000, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw, front, an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting women he encountered while on patrol in neighborhoods near the state Capitol, is led into a courtroom in handcuffs for a hearing on whether to cut his bond from $5 million to $139,000, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw, center, an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting women he encountered while on patrol in neighborhoods near the state Capitol, is led into a courtroom for a hearing on whether to cut his bond from $5 million to $139,000, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
This Aug. 21, 2014 photo made available by the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office shows Daniel K. Holtzclaw. The 27-year-old Oklahoma City police officer was arrested Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 and is being held in lieu of $5 million bond after being accused of committing a series of sexual assaults against at least six women while on duty. (AP Photo/Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office)
FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2012 file photo, provided by the Oklahoma Police Dept., Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw stands next to his vehicle. Holtzclaw, 27, who was a star football player in high school and college, is accused of sexually assaulting at least six women during traffic stops and investigators are looking into whether there are more victims. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Police Dept., File)
DETROIT - 2009: Daniel Holtzclaw of the Detroit Lions poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by NFL Photos)
Daniel Holtzclaw covers his face after the verdicts were read in his trial in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. Holtzclaw was found guilty on a number of counts. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
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He has pleaded not guilty and his attorney, Scott Adams, said Holtzclaw denies the allegations.

"Family and friends rallied and posted his bond this (Friday) morning," said Adams, after Holtzclaw was released and fitted with a GPS monitoring device on his ankle.

"He's getting ready to go back to Enid," where he is to stay with his parents, Adams said.

Holtzclaw was a standout linebacker at Enid High School and Eastern Michigan University and is the son of an Enid police lieutenant.

Prosecutor Gayland Gieger, who argued against the bond reduction and called Holtzclaw a danger to the community, declined comment on Holtzclaw's release.

"I just hope he follows the conditions the judge set forth," Gieger said.

According to the charging documents, Holtzclaw told the women that if they didn't comply with his wishes, they would be arrested or physically harmed.

The investigation began when police said a woman complained that Holtzclaw had sexually assaulted her during a traffic stop on a boulevard about two miles north of the state Capitol.

Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty said when announcing Holtzclaw's arrest that he had been placed on leave when the allegations emerged in June.

Police Capt. Dexter Nelson said Holtzclaw remained on paid leave as of Friday.

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