A former Philadelphia police officer once hailed as a hero who sat next to the First Lady at a speech by President Obama forced two women to take heroin at gunpoint before raping them, a court heard yesterday.
Disturbing details of fallen ‘hero cop’ Richard DeCoatsworth emerged yesterday at the bail hearing, where the 27-year-old hoped to have his $60million bond lowered.
Instead he learned that a grand jury indicted him on charges of rape, sexual assault, intent to possess or distribute drugs, human trafficking, promoting prostitution, witness intimidation and related offenses in a May 16 incident involving two women.
According to court documents, the former cop met the alleged victims at a party and took them to a house in north Philadelphia where the alleged incidents took place.
DeCoatsworth was hailed as a hero after he was shot in the face during a traffic stop in September 2007 but still managed to chase after his attacker, who was later sentenced to 36 to 72 years in prison.
He was invited by Vice President Joe Biden to attend the president’s televised February 2009 address to Congress and sat with first lady Michelle Obama.