Friday, April 30, 1999

Policeman quits amid allegations

Informant claims he forced sex

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A Cincinnati police officer whose last review commended him for his “integrity and values” has resigned amid allegations of sexual battery involving a woman who was one of his informants.

        Thomas “Tony” McDaniel, 30, a Cincinnati officer since 1994, turned in a one-line resignation last week that gave no reason for his departure.

        He had been a drug investigator assigned to the division's Street Corner Unit since 1996. He was moved from that drug-fighting unit to District 4 earlier this month — about the same time allegations surfaced of sexual battery against a Hamilton woman.

        Hamilton police had been investigating a report by a 23-year-old woman who complained that Mr. McDaniel coerced her into having sex. Police had identified her as a drug informant.

        She alleged the sexual battery took place between Feb. 19, 1998, and April 17, Hamilton police records state.

        Mr. McDaniel has not been charged, but police say the Butler County prosecutor's office is reviewing the case.

        The young officer's personnel file indicated he was on his way to a strong career in law enforcement. He was a unit leader complimented for his investigative techniques.

        His file includes nine commendations praising him for such things as major drug arrests.

        The 1986 Kings High School graduate has a 1991 degree in political science from the University of Cincinnati. He spoke Spanish, had experience with computers, and his superiors said he represented the police agency well.

        Cincinnati police officials had no comment on his resignation; Keith Fangman, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Queen City Lodge, could not be reached.

        His resignation comes at the same time a sexual-battery case is pending against one of his former colleagues, Patrick Knight. That former officer's case resumes Monday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. Four women have accused him of forcing them to perform sex acts in exchange for not being arrested.

        Janice Morse contributed to this report.


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