An 11-year-veteran of the Wilmington Police force was charged with second-degree rape at the conclusion of a four-month investigation, authorities announced Tuesday.
According to Wilmington Police, Cpl. Thomas R. Oliver Jr. was on-duty, in uniform, wearing his gun belt, and driving in a marked police vehicle on October 16, 2018, in the 700 block of East 9th Street when he pulled up alongside a woman and told her to get into the front seat of the vehicle.
Oliver exposed himself to the woman, and told her she had active warrants for her arrest, but he would allow her to leave if she performed a sex act on him, police said.
"The victim stated she could not remember the exact words used by the officer; however, she felt it was obvious that if she didn't comply she would be taken to jail," according to court records obtained by WDEL.
Court records stated Oliver grabbed the victim by the head and forcefully pushed her head down onto his penis. The incident lasted less than a minute, court records said. After it was over, the woman was allowed to leave the vehicle and was not arrested for outstanding capiases, according to authorities.
“The charges that have been filed are deeply troubling and disheartening,” said Chief Robert J. Tracy. “The charge that one of our officers abused his authority to victimize a member of the public in this manner is sickening.”
A complaint from the victim led to the immediate launch of a thorough investigation, police said, and Oliver was suspended on the date of the initiating complaint. Evidence was secured from the victims person and clothing, and the patrol vehicle.
The Delaware Department of Justice Attorney General's Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust were also notified to ensure the integrity of the investigation.
“This department took swift action to investigate this matter and ensure that this officer was removed from duty pending our investigation,” said Tracy in the release announcing the arrest. “This course of action was important not only for the victim in this case, but also to uphold the integrity of this department and the 314 other public servants who work tirelessly to promote and enhance public safety.”
Oliver was charged with second-degree rape, extortion, and official misconduct. He was issued a $66,000 cash-only bond.
Investigators urged anyone with relevant information regarding this case to contact Wilmington Police Det. Sgt. Justin Kreysa at 302.576.3632.