San Antonio Police Officer Indicted for Pulling Over and Raping a 19 Year Olg Woman While on Duty
(KSAT) A San Antonio Police Department officer who was arrested in November on sexual assault charges was indicted Tuesday afternoon for the offenses of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and improper sexual activity with a person in custody.
San Antonio police also announced Tuesday that Officer Jackie Neal, 40, has been suspended indefinitely without pay.
A 19-year-old woman reported she was stopped and sexually assaulted by Neal on Nov. 22.
Neal, an 11-year-veteran of SAPD, allegedly pulled the victim over, searched her invasively, handcuffed her and forced her to the back seat of his patrol vehicle, where he sexually assaulted her.
The victim claimed Neal told her not to report the assault because he knew where she lived.
An immediate investigation was launched after the alleged assault and the victim identified Neal by his name plate and through a photo lineup.
According to the district attorney’s office, when Neal learned of the allegations he attempted to reach the victim at her home. He was arrested on the charges a short distance from the victim’s residence.
Neal could face up to 99 years for the aggravated sexual assault, up to 20 years for the sexual assault and up to $20,000 in fines for both.
The charge of improper sexual activity with person in custody is a state felony which may be punishable by a state jail term of six months to two years with fines as much as $10,000.
Neal was on administrative leave prior to this indefinite suspension, which is tantamount to a firing, San Antonio police Chief William McManus said in a statement released Tuesday evening.
Anyone with any information or complaints about Neal, or allegations of misconduct against Neal, is asked to call the SAPD’s Special Victims Unit at (210) 207-2313.