Former Wilmington Police Officer Acquitted On Most Serious Charges

In February of this year, the Wilmington Police Department charged Corporal Thomas R. Oliver, Jr., a  member of the department for 11 years, with Rape (Second Degree), Extortion, and Official Misconduct.

At the time of his arrest, officials had alleged that Oliver exposed himself to the woman before indicating that she had an active capias for her arrest and that he would let her go if she performed a sexual act on him.

During the trial, Oliver admitted that he was wrong when he let the woman perform oral sex on him while on duty, however, he told jurors that the act was consensual. Prosecutors claimed that Oliver capias, however, his attorneys said he did not.

After days of deliberation, the jury found Oliver not guilty of the most serious charges of felony second-degree rape, sexual extortion and having sex with a person in police custody.

Oliver was convicted of official misconduct,  a class A misdemeanor.


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