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UPDATE: Alleged Rapist Posed As Police Officer

(Christopher Clough) (Christopher Clough)

SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane Police are investigating an alleged rapist who witnesses say posed as an officer before raping a 19-year-old woman in a City park.

A police affidavit outlines the woman's story that a man approached her Sunday morning at about 1 a.m. and claimed to be doing a, "special investigation on rapists in the area."  He offered to drive her home and she accepted, according to the affidavit.

Spokane Police identified the suspect as Christopher Clough after his arrest Sunday morning.  He is scheduled to make a preliminary court appearance in Spokane County on Monday afternoon.

The 19-year-old woman claims Clough threatened to arrest her for drinking a beer unless he slept with her.

"At no point did she ever have consensual sex with the defendant," according to her statement to police.  "The defendant told her that he was a police officer, handcuffed her and told her that she was being arrested, drove her to Corbin Park against her will, and forced her to have sex with him."

The woman memorized the suspect's license plate and called police.  Patrol officers found the suspect and his car several minutes later.

 KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:

On September 26, 2010, around 1:30am, Spokane Police Patrol officers responded to the area of 500 West Indiana regarding a possible rape. Officers contacted the 19 year old female victim, who provided an excellent suspect physical description and suspect vehicle description.

Patrol Officer K. Reese noted the suspect description and located the vehicle at 2:00am near Cincinnati and Mission. He initiated a traffic stop at Standard and Augusta, and contacted the driver, Christopher M. Clough (12/30/80). Officer Reese noticed handcuffs sitting on the passenger seat of the suspect's vehicle.

Detectives with SPD's Sexual Assault Unit responded to continue the investigation. An interview with the victim revealed that she had been walking on Monroe near the McDonald's on Indiana. She observed a couple being detained by a man (Clough), near a vehicle. She talked to the male, who told her they were speaking with a "drunk off duty cop".  Clough let the couple leave and then approached the victim. He told her the neighborhood was unsafe and offered to give her a ride home. Presuming Clough was an undercover police officer, the victim agreed to get inside the vehicle.

The victim was drinking beer from a "Big Gulp" cup, and Clough threatened to arrest her for Minor in Possession. He asked her for her name, birthdate and address. Clough drove past the victim's house and parked; placing her in handcuffs. The victim interpreted this as being arrested for the MIP. Clough told the victim he needed to drive somewhere to search her, and he parked near Corbin Park. He had her get out of the car and walk towards the middle of the park, where she sat down. Clough proceeded to search the victim and then negotiate taking her to jail. Clough indicated that if the victim had sex with him, he would not take her to jail. Once Clough raped the victim, he jumped into his car and drove away.

The victim was able to provide responding officers an excellent description of Clough. Once investigators located the crime scene, collected physical evidence and interviewed Clough, he was booked into SCJ for 1st Degree Rape, 1st Degree Kidnapping and 1st Degree Criminal Impersonation.

Detectives would like to speak with the couple Clough had detained at the McDonald's, Indiana and Monroe. Attached is Clough's photograph; detectives feel that Clough may have approached others in the community acting as a police officer and would encourage those citizens to file police reports


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