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PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) – A retired Philadelphia police officer has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of deprivation of rights after a woman alleged he sexually assaulted her for 90 minutes in his police car while he was on duty.
According to the indictment, 47-year-old Thomas O’Neill sexually assaulted the woman on July 3, 2016. O’Neill allegedly used a dangerous weapon during the incident.
The woman, whose name was withheld, had previously filed a civil lawsuit against O’Neill and the city, alleging a portion of the assault was caught on a school’s surveillance video. The lawsuit alleged O’Neill made racist remarks and made the woman touch his gun, which he rubbed against her during the assault.
If convicted, he faces a maximum possible sentence of a maximum of 10 years in prison.
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