PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Charges have been dropped in two out of three sexual assault cases against a former Philadelphia police inspector.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that on Friday the Philadelphia prosecutor withdrew the second case against former Inspector Carl Holmes Jr. within a week, leaving only one case against him.
Holmes, 55, was charged with sexually assaulting three female officers in 2019 after a grand jury investigation found he abused his power after coaching female officers at the police academy and other roles. The charges came two years after the city settled a female detective’s complaint of sexual harassment against him for $ 1.25 million.
The woman, whose case was withdrawn on Friday, read a statement during the online trial that she disagreed with the decision, but attended the trial despite being “retraumatized”.
Prosecutors had previously withdrawn another case after the affected former official failed to appear during a preliminary hearing. These charges had previously been dismissed by a judge for lack of prosecution, but the prosecution brought them again.
Defense attorney Gregory Pagano has argued that Holmes is innocent and the victim of what he prefers to a “witch hunt”. In a motion to dismiss the case last fall, he said the allegations had received wide press coverage and that the applicants had made “civil claims” against the department for about a decade.
Pagano filed a motion on Friday to exclude prosecutors from the case. The district attorney did not reveal his defense counsel for a man who was shot and killed seven times by Holmes in 1994 while robbing a grocery store in West Philadelphia.
Prosecutors declined to comment on the two developments on Friday, the newspaper reported.