Retired Philadelphia officer indicted in alleged sex assault

November 14, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (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.

The U.S. Attorney’s office announced the indictment of retired officer Thomas O’Neill Wednesday related to the alleged July 2016 assault. The indictment also says O’Neill used a dangerous weapon during the alleged assault.

Attorney information for 47-year-old O’Neill wasn’t available in court records.

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.

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