A San Antonio police officer has been arrested for cuffing and raping a 19-year-old woman over the weekend. The felony sexual assault charges are the third known accusation of sexual misconduct against Officer Jackie Len Neal.
Neal, 40, pulled over the woman early Friday morning under the pretense of tracking a stolen car. She showed him a sales slip proving the car was hers. He then patted her down, ignoring her requests for a female officer, put her in handcuffs, and raped her in the back of his car, according to the arrest warrant. His car’s backseat camera was not working, which Neal almost certainly knew at the time, but his GPS showed him in the location of the rape for 18 minutes.
“There is no such thing as consensual sex on duty,” Police Chief William McManus told reporters. “I feel silly even saying that we won’t tolerate it. Of course we won’t tolerate it. There is no gray area. This is a criminal offense.”
Despite these tough words, the police department has been slow to act against Neal before this case despite multiple warning signs. McManus said another woman accused Neal of attacking her a few years ago but then refused to cooperate with an investigation, so Neal went unpunished. He was also caught dating an 18-year-old girl in a police educational program for teenagers, a violation that was punished with a 3 day suspension.
While Neal is hopefully in the minority, he is hardly an anomaly. Another cop in nearby Houston, was sentenced last year for cuffing and raping a waitress in his patrol car. Nationally, there are twice as many reports of sexual misconduct by police as there are by the general public. Officers also have a higher rate of sexual violence at home; an estimated 40 percent of police families suffer from domestic violence, compared with 10 percent of the general population.