Hamilton County, OH — As TFTP reported, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced in a news release in March that a grand jury indicted Anthony Pecord, 48, on eight counts of rape and eight counts of sexual battery. He was subsequently convicted and sentenced to four years in prison in April. However, this cop was just sentenced again after pleading guilty to even more horrible crimes.
As we reported in April, the evidence against Pecord was so strong that he was immediately convicted and sentenced after he was indicted. A month later more charges surfaced because this sadistic monster allegedly knew he was HIV-positive when he repeatedly raped his victim.
This week, Pecord pleaded guilty to an assault charge with a sexual motive after prosecutors accused him of knowing he was HIV positive during the rapes.
Though he faced an additional 8 years for felonious assault — for knowingly raping another man, with the intention of infecting him with HIV — the charge was dropped to a first-degree misdemeanor. According to FOX 19, the judge sentenced Pecord to 160 days of jail time and gave him credit for time served, meaning no time has been added to his existing four-year sentence.
According to police, Pecord attempted to destroy the photographic evidence of the rape but detectives with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office were able to restore it and used it to gain a conviction. What's more, according to prosecutors, the images and videos show other potential victims — of alleged crimes for which Pecord has yet to be charged.
"Set aside the fact he's a police officer. He was friends with his victim, rendered them unconscious, and it's, we know definitely, there was more than one person he did this with. There were numerous pictures on his phone and I'm just, frankly, upset that there are people out there that don't know that they may be HIV positive," Deters said.
Pecord was accused of drugging his victim and raping him eight times in a single night. He was a sworn officer with the Loveland Police Department, while “administering an intoxicant to (the victim) surreptitiously" before repeatedly raping him on eight separate instances in a night.
According to a Hamilton County Sheriff's Office incident report, a sexual assault kit was completed at a hospital that same night, meaning the victim must have recovered from the drugs and realized what happened.
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"The victim's been tested, but sometimes the symptoms and they don't show up for sometimes months at a time. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everything comes back OK for him. To go through this, go through this type of a rape changes you forever. Add to it that you may now be HIV positive, it's a sickening thing," Deters said.
The rapes took place on Jan 24 and after learning the details of the offense, prosecutors indicated their concern "that more victims may be out there."
At the time, Pecord's attorney, Stew Mathews, said he would, "be extremely surprised if there are other alleged victims."
He must have not looked at Pecord's phone which, according to prosecutors, contained other images of passed out men being raped by this sicko cop.
Prosecutors asked anyone with information about other potential victims to contact Hamilton County Sheriff's Detective Jack Losekamp at 513-595-7484.
According to Cincinnati.com, Pecord was with the department for nearly a decade and he has several questionable entries in his record.
According to Pecord's personnel file, he did not complete training on working with victims of sexual assault and has been reprimanded more than once for using inappropriate language in the office and with the public.
Multiple performance evaluations dating back to 2013 mention Pecord's use of inappropriate language. A 2014 performance evaluation states Pecord received coaching sessions and an official reprimand for inappropriate communications.
A citizen complaint investigation conducted in March 2014 found Pecord exhibited a "lack of professionalism" when dealing with a resident's call for a trespassing incident. The complainant told police Pecord was "pissed off from the beginning" and "nasty" towards her, leaving her feeling "humiliated."
As TFTP reports on a regular basis, police sexual misconduct is one of America's dirty little secrets. Barely a day goes by without news of a law enforcement officer's arrest for raping adults and children alike. There are so many instances of officers arrested for sexual misconduct that the Free Thought Project cannot report on all of them.
It is a sad day when police officers — the ones who claim to protect us — are caught preying on society. However, there are a lot of sad days as this situation plays out like a broken record, over and over again. Luckily, this monster was caught and is off the streets for the next four years.