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Orange City, Florida – A police officer was arrested this week for attempting to extort nude photos from a Georgia woman on Instagram. 25-year-old officer Joshua David Fancher was charged with making terroristic threats for reportedly threatening to rape and kill the woman, along with her entire family.

Detectives in Lowndes County, Georgia, told WKMD that Fancher threatened to kill the woman’s 5-year-old brother and rape her sister if she did not send him nude photos. It was not just one threatening message either—according to the arrest warrant, these messages continued for more than 5 months.

A press release from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office discussed some of the charges against Fancher and the evidence in the case. The statement reads:

“Joshua David Fancher, 25, of DeLand, was arrested this afternoon at the Orange City Police Department on a Georgia warrant charging him with making terroristic threats. The Lowndes County (Ga.) Sheriff’s Department is investigating the case. The victim reported receiving numerous threatening messages from an unknown person attempting to extort her for nude photographs. The messages, which started via Instagram, included threats to kill the victim and kill and/or rape her family members if she didn’t provide the photos. VCSO detectives executed a search warrant at Fancher’s residence at a DeLand apartment complex to assist in the Lowndes County SO investigation.”

Fancher immediately resigned from the Orange City Police Department after his arrest, and he is currently being held without bail awaiting his court date. He was with the department for less than a year.

In 2014, The Free Thought Project published a shocking report that highlighted 40 police officers who were convicted or charged with spousal abuse, child rape, or other types of sex crimes in just 30 days.

In spite of the rampant abuse, police sexual misconduct still manages to escape the spotlight. According to a recent report from Newsweek, the reason is fairly simple: fear and intimidation.

The victims have reason to be frightened—and, at the very least, to doubt investigators will take them seriously. In many cases they are trafficked girls, women of color, prostitutes, undocumented workers or just poor. Those were the types of women abused, for example, by Oklahoma City Officer Daniel Holtzclaw, who in 2016 was sentenced to 263 years in prison for rape and other sexual assaults involving eight victims. Holtzclaw faced charges only after a 57-year-old grandmother accused him.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the largest organization of police chiefs, is well aware of the problem, too. In 2011, a national working group it had convened published an executive guide for police chiefs, which read, “Law enforcement agencies and executives have a duty to prevent sexual victimization, to ensure it is not perpetrated by their officers, and to take every step possible to ensure the safety and dignity of everyone in the community.”

While independent researchers began tracking how many people are killed by police every year, no one was tracking how many crimes were committed by officers. However, that is beginning to change, and the data shows that the problem is staggering.

Last year, a study exposed the startling fact that police officers are arrested about 1,100 times a year, or roughly three officers charged every day. Many of these arrests are over unspeakable sex crimes.

Since police officers are often above the law and more difficult to prosecute or even catch than the average person, predators will naturally be drawn to these types of jobs because they understand that it will give them more of a chance of getting away with it. Given the fact that Officer Fancher began this predatory activity immediately after becoming a police officer, it is not unreasonable to suggest that this could be why he chose the job in the first place.


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