Maryland police officer accused of raping woman during traffic stop

A Maryland police officer was arrested Monday and accused of raping a woman during a traffic stop last week, The Baltimore Sun reported.

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Officer Ryan Macklin, 29, a six-year veteran of the Prince George's County Police Department, was suspended without pay, WBAL reported.

Police allege that Macklin forced the woman to perform "a sexual act" while she and the officer were seated in her car in a parking lot in Langley at 1 a.m. Thursday. Macklin was on duty and in uniform, the Sun reported.

According to charging documents, the woman told police that Macklin allegedly attempted to touch her breast before ordering her to move her car behind a store. Then Macklin allegedly forced the woman to perform oral sex on him, and told her he wanted to have sex with her, CNN reported, citing charging documents.

“Within hours of the woman coming forward,” the officer was suspended, police spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said at a news conference Monday.

Police Chief Henry P. Stawin­ski III called the accusation “highly troubling” while speaking at the same news conference.

According to the Prince George's County Police Department's website, Macklin was honored as patrol officer of the month in he was honored as patrol officer of the month in March 2014 and September 2014.

Macklin was expected to appear in court via closed circuit television Wednesday, CNN reported.

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