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The Latest: Sentence upheld for ex-cop convicted of rape

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on a former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of rape and other sexual assaults (all times local):

9:15 a.m.

An Oklahoma court has upheld rape and sexual assault convictions and a 263-year prison sentence for a former Oklahoma City police officer in a case watched closely by the Black Lives Matter movement and some conservatives.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday rejected appeal claims by 32-year-old Daniel Holtzclaw.

Holtzclaw has maintained his innocence. He’s cited a lack of evidence, a “circus atmosphere” during his 2015 trial and his defense attorney’s failure to show alternate ways DNA wound up on his pants.

An AP investigation highlighting Holtzclaw’s case found about 1,000 officers in the U.S. lost their licenses for sexual misconduct over a six-year period.

Prosecutors accused Holtzclaw of targeting black women while on duty. He was convicted on 18 charges involving 12 women and a teenage girl.

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11:30 p.m.

An Oklahoma court is set to decide an appeal from an ex-Oklahoma City police officer convicted of rape and other sexual assaults in a case that became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement and a mobilizing cause for some conservatives.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals says it will issue an opinion Thursday in the appeal from 32-year-old Daniel Holtzclaw. He is serving 263 years in prison on 18 convictions. Prosecutors accused Holtzclaw of preying on black women he encountered on duty.

An AP investigation highlighting Holtzclaw’s case found about 1,000 officers in the U.S. lost their licenses for sexual misconduct over a six-year period.

Holtzclaw has maintained his innocence and is challenging evidence used against him, plus a “circus atmosphere” during his 2015 trial.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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