NEWSFLASH: Richard DeCoatsworth’s bond set at $60 million after arrest for ‘severe criminal activity.’
Richard DeCoatsworth, who was hailed a ‘hero’ police officer and sat next to First Lady Michelle Obama during President Obama’s 2009 speech before Congress, was arrested and charged with rape, making terroristic threats, sexual assault and related offenses.
A source tells NBC10 former officer Richard DeCoatsworth, 27, met one of the women two weeks ago and forced her into prostitution at a local hotel. Between 2 a.m. Thursday and Friday evening, DeCoatsworth went to the woman’s home along North Howard Street in the Fishtown-Kensington area where there was a party, according to the source.
Once he arrived, DeCoatsworth forced that woman and a second woman, both in their 20s, to use drugs and perform oral sex on him at gunpoint, according to the source.
Police raided DeCoatsworth’s house on the 2700 block of Salmon Street in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday. He was arrested and charged with rape, sexual assault, terroristic threats and related offenses. Police also confiscated drugs and guns from the home, according to a source. No word yet on what kind of drugs were removed from the home. Source
DeCoatsworth, 27, was shot in the face during a traffic stop in September 2007, managed to chase after his attacker, who was convicted and sentenced to 36 to 72 years in prison. He retired from the police force on disability in December 2011, after an investigation was conducted by Internal Affairs November 2011 over an alleged scuffle between he and another officer, Philly.com, reports. Richard DeCoatsworth, called a ‘thorn in the side’ of his neighborhood by a resident, reportedly amassed nine citizen complaints, accusing him of assault, abuse and misconduct, in his short time as a police officer.