Philadelphia Police Sex Abuse Charges Languish 3 Years


Three years ago, two arrested women allege, an officer in a Philadelphia police station forced them to put on a sex show in a jail cell, ordering them to expose their breasts and kiss as a price of release, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports in the second in a series on police sex abuse. The case remains open; no officers have been arrested or disciplined. The newspaper says the case illustrates a persistent but hidden problem in law enforcement: police officers who use their badges to exploit women or extort sex, and departments that fail to investigate such abuse vigorously.

In Philadelphia, at least eight other people have complained of being sexually assaulted in police holding cells. Last month, after Inquirer questions about the “sex show” case delay, prosecutors finally ruled out criminal charges. That cleared the way for possible discipline by the city. The Inquirer provides a lengthy account of how the case unfolded.


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