A Maryland police officer has been arrested and charged with rape after allegedly assaulting a woman during a traffic stop.
Ryan Macklin, a six-year veteran of the Prince George's County Police Department, was taken into custody Monday evening, according to a news release from the department.
He has been suspended without pay, the department said, and has been charged with first degree rape, second degree rape, perverted practice, second degree assault and fourth degree sex offense.
Police said Macklin pulled the woman over at about 1 a.m. on Thursday morning. During the stop, police said, Macklin forced the woman "to perform a sexual act" while they were both in the woman's car in a nearby parking lot. Police said Macklin was on duty, in uniform and driving a marked police cruiser at the time.
Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said at a news conference Monday that the woman came forward "several hours" after the incident with the encouragement of friends. Police said they do not know why Macklin targeted the driver.
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