Prosecutors: Officer intimidated alleged victim

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Olathe, Colo. (AP) - Prosecutors say a Western Colorado police officer charged with regularly beating a woman under a relationship contract used his position to intimidate her out of calling authorities.

Olathe Officer Michael Percival is charged with misdemeanor assault. He has pleaded not guilty.

In late August, prosecutors asked a judge to allow them to introduce evidence that Percival allegedly used his job on at least three occasions to intimidate the woman out of calling police.

The defense hasn't responded to the request.

Investigators say the woman showed them two contracts allegedly written by Percival that concerned her hygiene, sexual behavior and clothing and spelled out punishments, including beatings.

Percival's trial has been postponed until January.

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