A Texas police officer is accused of handcuffing and raping a woman he pulled over early Friday morning.
Officer Jackie Len Neal of the San Antonio Police Department is charged with felony sexual assault, according to the San Antonio Express News.
Neal, 40, began tailing the 19-year-old woman around 2 a.m, according to an arrest warrant. He persisted until she pulled over, then allegedly handcuffed her and assaulted her inside the patrol car. Documents say Neal told the woman that he was following her because her car was reported stolen, but officers have not confirmed the claim.
“I am at a loss for words. I am outraged. This is a punch in the eye to the police department," San Antonio Police Chief William McManus told the Express News. McManus said a different woman made a similar complaint about Neal years ago, but charges were never pursued because the woman refused to cooperate in an investigation.
The surveillance cameras in the patrol car were not working at the time the assault was reported, according to KXLY. However, GPS shows that the patrol car was parked in one place -- the spot where the victim says she was raped -- for about 18 minutes.
Neal has worked for the department for 11 years, according to the New York Daily News.
Unfortunately, this is far from the first time a cop has been accused of rape.
In October, a transgender woman in Southern California told authorities that a police officer stopped her while she was walking to a friend's house and raped her in an alley.
And in 2011, an off-duty NYPD officer was arrested for allegedly raping a woman at gunpoint.