Ryan Macklin, a six-year veteran of Maryland's Prince George's County Police Department, was arrested and charged on Monday with a variety of crimes, including rape, after an unnamed woman accused the officer of sexual assault.
The victim said that the incident occurred during a Thursday traffic stop.
What are the details of the alleged incident?
Macklin, 29, reportedly pulled over the female driver around 1 a.m. on Thursday while on duty.
Macklin was driving his marked police cruiser, and was in uniform, according to law enforcement.
Macklin allegedly forced the unnamed woman to perform a sex act while the two were in her car. The unidentified woman reported the alleged incident to authorities several hours later after being coaxed into it by friends.
What are the details of the officer's arrest?
Authorities arrested and charged Macklin on Monday with first-degree rape, second-degree rape, perverted sexual acts, second-degree assault, and fourth-degree sex offense.
Authorities noted that Macklin's case could head to a grand jury as early as Thursday.
Also, the department suspended Macklin without pay pending an investigation into the incident.
Police revealed that they suspect there may be other possible Macklin victims, and implore any such people to come forward with information by calling 301-772-4795.
Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski called the charges "highly troubling."
"Officers take an oath to protect others, not to abuse their authority in order to victimize someone. Those who live and work in Prince George’s County deserve the very best from the men and women of this department," he remarked.
He added, "This process will play out and I am certain that we will arrive at a conclusion that enhances the public trust in this community, in this institution."
The department also tweeted about the incident on Monday.
The tweet read, "Suspended PGPD officer charged with rape. Investigators would like to talk to anyone who has information on this officer or who may have had a similar experience with him. Please call investigators at 301-772-4795."
Suspended PGPD officer charged with rape. Investigators would like to talk to anyone who has information on this officer or who may have had a similar experience with him. Please call investigators at 301-772-4795. https://t.co/suLIdS1A1a pic.twitter.com/eYMUtoWV7S
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