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Cop denies sexually assaulting woman after traffic stop

By Ralph Ellis and Marlena Baldacci, CNN
updated 5:24 PM EST, Mon November 25, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Officer tells CNN the allegations are false
  • Police say Neal, in uniform, handcuffed, assaulted woman
  • Other possible victims sought
  • He has been placed on administrative leave with pay

(CNN) -- A San Antonio police officer denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman Friday night after pulling her over for a traffic violation.

The "allegations are false," Officer Jackie Len Neal told CNN Monday. He added that he would meet with his attorney Monday and had no further comment.

But San Antonio police say differently and are looking into possible similar accusations against Neal in the past.

At 2 a.m. Saturday, police and Special Victims Unit detectives arrested Neal.

"The sexual assault which led to the arrest took place early Friday morning on the South Side, when Neal made a traffic stop on a 19-year-old woman. Neal was in full uniform, in a marked patrol car, and on-duty when the sexual assault occurred," San Antonio Police spokesman Sgt. Javier Salazar said in a statement.

"The 40-year-old officer is an 11-year veteran and is assigned to South Patrol on the overnight shift. He has been placed on Administrative Leave."

Police say Neal led the woman to the back of his patrol car, where he handcuffed her and assaulted her.

The on-board cameras in Neal's vehicle were not working. But GPS showed his police cruiser was stopped at a particular spot for 18 minutes. It's the same spot that the victim alleged the assault took place.

Neal was charged with felony sexual assault, and was out on bond Monday. He has been placed on paid administrative leave, as per department policy.

Chief William McManus called Neal's alleged conduct "unthinkable."

"I'm outraged," he told reporters. "It's a punch in the eye to the police department."

Another woman made a similar claim about Neal a few years ago but refused to testify, McManus said. The department is reaching out to her again.

McManus urged any other possible victims to come forward.

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Neal was previously disciplined for violating department policy by dating an 18-year-old woman in the Explorers program, the police chief said. The program introduces young people to careers in law enforcement.

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CNN's Josh Levs and Adam Shivers contributed to this report.

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