An eleven-year veteran of the San Antonio Police Department is free on bond after being arrested, charged with sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman during a traffic stop.
Officer Jackie Len Neal, 40, was arrested while off-duty early Saturday morning, after the alleged victim notified SAPD within hours of the incident Friday.
The arrest warrant affidavit states the young woman said she was handcuffed during the alleged sexual assault, outside by the trunk of Neal’s vehicle.
According to an SAPD news release, Neal was on-duty, in full uniform and in a marked patrol car when he sexually assaulted the 19-year-old woman.
My apologies to the public,” said SAPD Chief William McManus. “I’m angry. I’m outraged. It’s a punch in the eye to the police department.”
In the affidavit, the alleged victim described how Neal’s patrol car began following her about 2 a.m. Saturday at Hutchins and Zarzamora, until she pulled over on Betty Road where the alleged assault occurred.
“This conduct is unthinkable and I’m absolutely outraged,” Police Chief William McManus said in a statement.
McManus said although the on-board cameras in Neal’s vehicle were not working, the GPS system confirmed it was stopped at Betty Road and Janice Lavon Ave. for 18 minutes.
“I can’t make any sense of the it,” McManus said, since officers are aware they are being tracked.
At a Saturday afternoon media briefing, McManus said another woman also had made an outcry against Neal a couple of years ago, then refused to cooperate.
McManus said he will ask investigators to try again.
“Given what we have now, I don’t know how that will work out, but I’m going to ask we do that,” McManus said.
The chief also said Neal had recently been suspended for three days and transferred to South Patrol for fraternization.
McManus said Neal violated department policy by dating an 18-year-old woman a couple of years ago, who was in the Explorers program for young people interested in law enforcement careers.
McManus said the latest allegation against Neal is a felony offense. The chief said the FBI has agreed to also look at possible civil rights violations.
The chief said cadets at the police academy are warned about cases like this.
“First day, last day before they graduate, I drive it home very dramatically,” McManus said.
McManus said Neal’s arrest was the first in about five or six years when SAPD had several similar cases.
McManus praised Neal’s alleged victim for the courage to come forward, and he urged other possible victims to do the same if they have had similar experiences with Neal or any other officer.
“Please call us. We want to know about it,” McManus said.
Neal is an 11-year veteran and is assigned to South Patrol on the overnight shift. He has been placed on administrative leave.