A police officer in Florida was arrested for the rape of a 20-year-old woman at gunpoint while he was on duty. Officer Stephen J. Maiorino, who was included in a 2010 episode of COPS, turned himself in to the Palm Beach County Jail on Thursday.
According to police, on October 15 the victim was stranded when her companion was arrested for driving under the influence. The driver’s car was towed, so Maiorino drove to where the woman was stranded to take her to the police station, where she was to be met by relatives.
As the woman attempted to get out of the car upon their arrival at the police station, Maiorino grabbed her wrist and demanded oral sex, the woman told investigators. If she did not acquiesce to his demands, he told her she would face a DUI arrest herself. The woman said she did what Maiorino wished out of fear.
The officer drove the woman a short distance from the department building, where Maiorino forced the woman to undress, held her face down on the hood of his police car, and held her down as he carried out a further sexual assault. The woman said the officer held her down with his right hand, with his gun in his left.
The victim says she was told he would kill her and her family if she told anyone what had transpired.
Contrary to the officer’s wishes, the woman bravely filed a complaint six hours later.
When she took investigators to the scene of her rape, they found a condom wrapper and condom. Police found the woman’s DNA on the condom, as well as on the condom wrapper and the officer’s underwear.
A review of radio communications from the night of the attack revealed a 54 minute lapse between the time he said he was taking the woman to the police station and when he dropped her off, though the distance was only 20 blocks. Maiorino refuses to speak to investigators, but did consent to a DNA swab and handed over his clothes to investigators.
“This is a dark day in the history of our department,” the Chief Katz, who called Maiorino a “rogue officer,” said. Though he is a “rogue officer,” Maiorino has received numerous commendations. However, in 2011, his performance took a bad turn. He was suspended for two days in 2011 for unsatisfactory performance and mishandling evidence, and for a day in 2012 for violating prisoner transport and pursuit policy. In addition, he has been involved in crashes while in his patrol car, including an accident involving a very unfortunate fire hydrant.
Maiorino has been placed on unpaid administrative leave and “will be fired,” according to the police chief.
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