A Texas police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman while on duty was quickly fired Monday.
But not for sexual assault.
Instead, Amarillo police officer Micah Meuer was fired for having “sexual relations while on duty” after the woman accused him of sexually assaulting her during a call at her home Sunday evening.
The woman filed the complaint Monday, prompting an immediate investigation by internal affairs, which placed him on administrative leave after interviewing them both.
By 9 p.m., detectives had collected enough evidence to determine that Meuer “did have sexual contact with the woman while on duty,” which led to the officer being terminated, effective immediately.
The department, as well as the media, have been careful not to use the word rape.
The statement from the department states he was terminated “for violations of internal rules, including acts which bring discredit to the officer and the department,” without mentioning sexual assault.
Also, the local CBS affiliate scrapped an original story headlined “APD investigating sexual assault claim,” replacing it with a second story headlined “UPDATE: The APD terminates officer for sexual relations while on duty.”
It is not uncommon for a news site to rewrite a headline to update a story, but it is very rare to scrap the original story altogether because it is often already linked in other sites as well as social media platforms, which would result in dead links and nobody wants that.
The criminal case against the Texas cop is still under investigation by the Crimes Against Persons Unit, which is working with the district attorney to determine whether or not charges will be filed. He has not yet been arrested, despite internal affairs having physical evidence that corroborates testimony from the woman.
According to RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization, statistically, out of every 100 rapes, 32 are reported to police and only seven reports will lead to arrest. After the seven arrests, only three of those will be referred to prosecutors. Out of the three referred, only two will lead to a felony conviction and prison.
That means two out of every 100 rapes leads to prison time.
As a police officer, you are afforded even more protection than your average non-badge wearing citizens.
“Sexual assault is one of the most under reported crimes, and against police officers it’s probably even less reported,” Jen Marsh of RAINN told The Nation last year. “What we’ve seen in sexual assaults committed by law enforcement is that they’re targeting victims seen as vulnerable or ‘less credible,’ whether they’re engaged in sex work or are committing a crime. A police officer uses that as a way to control the victim.”
It is widely believed that sexual assault happens due to extreme desire or because the perpetrator cannot get sexual activity in other ways. These are common misconceptions as many studies have proven that sexual assault is about dominance and asserting your power and control over another human being. Sexual assault is violence and it is the number two complaint against police after excessive force. Coincidence?