Transsexual Accuses San Antonio Police Officer Of Rape
Officer Placed On Administrative Duty Pending Investigation
POSTED: 6:27 am CDT June 13, 2005 UPDATED: 8:14 am CDT June 13, 2005SAN ANTONIO -- An officer with the San Antonio Police Department was placed on administrative duty over the weekend pending an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a 21-year-old transsexual.The transsexual said the alleged incident happened Friday night as he was walking home near a bus stop.The transsexual said the officer pulled up next to him in his police cruiser and asked him if he had any outstanding warrants.
When the officer realized the transsexual had an outstanding traffic ticket, he told the transsexual, "You can go with me or go to jail," the transsexual said.Fearing for his life, the transsexual said he got into the patrol car and the officer drove him to a secluded area.The officer then told the transsexual to get out of the car and perform a sex act, the transsexual said."When he punched me in the face," the transsexual said, "that's when I knew if I don't do what he says, he's gonna do really something bad to me."The transsexual said the officer then forced him to undress and that's when the alleged sexual assault occurred.The officer then allegedly dropped him off at a grocery store parking lot.The transsexual said he was afraid to call for help but said he didn't want the same thing to happen to someone else.
Now, I'm happy to hear that this unfortunate person had the guts to report this and that the SAPD is investigating. And, although I'm saddened by such an attack I also know that they happen all the time. What bothers me most about this story is the sensationalistic use of the word "transsexual" in it. It's as if the person's identity as a transsexual is the only thing that makes this newsworthy. The reporter uses the masculine pronoun in referring to the victim, but I have no confidence that the victim is female-to-male. Maybe I'm just over-reacting. In any event, I hope justice eventually wins out.