A woman who claims that she was raped by on-duty San Antonio police Officer Jackie Neal last November has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that her civil rights were violated.
“This is so unbelievable. It should shock and offend the conscience of this community,” said attorney Tim Maloney, who filed the lawsuit.
In the lawsuit, the woman claims that Neal forced her to disrobe and sexually assaulted her in the back seat of his patrol car in the early morning hours of Nov. 22, 2013.
She alleges that Neal pulled her over as she drove along South Zarzamora after following her for several blocks. She claims he made verbal advances and then ordered her into his patrol car and raped her.
Neal was placed on administrative duty following the allegation.
“Our department has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to any kind of actions like that that are on duty,” said Mike Helle, president of the San Antonio Police Officer’s Association. "You do that -- it’s not condoned -- and you will be fired."
Maloney said Neal should have been fired earlier last year after he was investigated following allegations that he had a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old high school student whom he was mentoring as part of the department’s Explorer Program.
Neal was suspended for three days following that investigation after it was determined that the relationship was consensual.
Maloney said that in spite of the respective investigations, more should be done in cases involving sexual assault allegations against SAPD officers.
He said he will now begin taking discovery depositions concerning past allegations of sexual assault involving SAPD officers.
In addition to Neal, the lawsuit names the City of San Antonio and police Chief William McManus as defendants.