Lawrence Cop Found Guilty Of Raping Woman In Cruiser

LAWRENCE (CBS) — A suspended Lawrence police officer has been found guilty of raping a woman while on duty in his cruiser.

Kevin Sledge, 48, of Salem, N.H. was found guilty Friday of rape and three counts of indecent assault and battery.

Prosecutors argued during the five-day trial that Sledge had picked up a drunk 23-year-old woman in September of 2008 and took her back to the police station, but left her in his cruiser. Over the course of two hours he went to the cruiser several times and raped her.

Sledge was placed on leave after he was arrested, and taken off the payroll in October of 2008.

It took the jury about ten hours over two days to come to its verdict.

Sledge is scheduled to be sentenced on February 3. He faces up to 20 years in prison on the rape conviction, and up to five years in prison on each of the assault and battery conviction.

  • Cynic

    Can the Judge sentence him to 35 years without protective custody?

  • cynic

    Years ago when you got on the Police the first thing they did was give you a book titled ” Stones In The Road”. It outlined all the Traps that the Police should avoid at all costs.This was # one on the list.Obviously this guy never read the book.

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