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Police Officer Convicted of Rape

March 15, 2002

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MEDIA, Pa. (AP) _ A suspended police officer has been convicted of raping a woman after responding to a call at her apartment.

Christopher Scaggs, 29, a police officer in the Philadelphia suburb of Glenolden, faces five to 20 years in prison after the conviction Thursday, prosecutors said.

The woman testified that Scaggs repeatedly asked whether she was alone when he entered her home after answering a domestic dispute call in June 2000.

He then began complimenting her and suddenly demanded sex, she testified. He was in full uniform with a gun, she said, testifying that she ``did exactly what he asked me to do.″

Scaggs denied having sex with the woman. But in tape-recorded tapes played to jurors, Scaggs was heard apologizing to the woman and saying, ``I did something I probably shouldn’t have done.″

``The defendant’s own words were the strongest evidence,″ prosecutor Sherri Eyer said.

Scaggs also had been charged with raping the same woman again after returning to check on a 911 hang-up call. Scaggs was acquitted of the charge after he testified he was in the apartment only two or three minutes. Eyer said the jury might have had ``some uncertainty″ about what happened the second time Scaggs went to the apartment.

Scaggs still faces bribery and official oppression charges involving a second woman. No date has been set for that case.

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