Victim Who Reported Rapist Cop Speaks About Her Ordeal: 'He Picked the Wrong Lady to Stop That Night'
A woman whose report launched a police investigation into an officer convicted of rape has spoken out about her terrifying ordeal.
Standing beside her lawyer and other victims at a press conference on Friday, Jannie Ligons recalled how former Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw brutally attacked her while he was on duty.
The 29-year-old former officer was accused of sexual assault by 13 different women and on Thursday, he was found guilty on 18 out of 36 counts, including four counts of first-degree rape.
"I was violated in June by a police officer," Ligons said on Friday. "He stopped me for no reason whatsoever, pulled me over and fondled me and did certain things to me. I was alone and helpless and didn't know what to do... He did things to me didn't think a police officer would do."
She went on: "I was praying for my life. I kept begging him, 'Please don't make me do this.'"
Ligons recounted how the officer forced her to perform oral sex on him. She feared that he was going to shoot her the whole time, she said.
"The only thing I could see was my life flashing before my eyes and his gun holster on his left side," she said.
But Holtzclaw let her go.
"I was traumatized," she said. "I went to therapy. I still live with this day after day. All I know is I wasn't criminal, I have no record, I didn't do anything wrong."
After the attack, she told authorities what had happened. "He picked the wrong lady to stop that night," she said.
Another, younger woman also shared her story as her tearful parents stood at her side. Shaudae Harris recalled how she was stopped by the officer, who took her to a hospital on the other side of the city. Once there, she was handcuffed to a bed, she said.
"No nurses came to check on me," she said through tears. "He... just started to manipulate me and me being in a room with a police not expecting to get violated the way I did."
She continued: "I couldn't even believe it. I was speechless, I was scared."
Holtzclaw, who turned 29 on Thursday, could spend the rest of his life behind bars after the jury recommended a sentence of 263 years. He will be sentenced on January 21. His lawyer declined to comment after the verdict.