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Police Officer Convicted of Rape

March 14, 2002
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Police Officer Convicted of Rape

by the Associated Press

MEDIA, Pa. (AP) - A suspended Delaware County police officer was convicted Thursday of raping a woman after responding to a call at her apartment, but was acquitted of charges he raped her again after returning for a 911 hang-up call.

Christopher Scaggs, 29, a police officer in the Philadelphia suburb of Glenolden, faces a five-year minimum mandatory prison term for crimes committed with a firearm and a maximum of 20 years in prison, said prosecutor Sherri Eyer.

"The defendant's own words were the strongest evidence," said Eyer, referring to the tape-recorded conversations between Scaggs and his accuser played to jurors. On those tapes, Scaggs is heard apologizing to the woman and saying, "I did something I probably shouldn't have done."

The jury of seven men and five women deliberated about eight hours before reaching a verdict.

When he took the stand Monday, Scaggs denied having sex with the woman.

The woman testified that Scaggs repeatedly asked whether she was alone when he entered her home after answering a domestic dispute call there in June 2000.

He then began complimenting her and suddenly demanded sex, she testified. He was in full uniform with a gun, and she "did exactly what he asked me to do," she said. About 90 minutes after he left, she called 911 and hung up, and Scaggs returned, she testified.

"We're disappointed in the verdict. It's obviously disappointing and devastating to Chris' family," said Arthur Donato, one of Scaggs' attorneys. We'll be exploring his legal options."

Judge William R. Toal Jr. increased Scaggs' bail to $25,000 cash with electronic home monitoring if he posts the bail.

Scaggs faces a second case involving bribery and official oppression charges involving a second woman. No date has been set for that case.

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