SAN ANTONIO -- Officer Jackie Neal, 40, was in full uniform, in a marked squad car and on-duty when he made a traffic stop Friday morning and sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman, according to the San Antonio Police Department.
Neal was taken into custody by SAPD Special Victims' Unit detectives after police officers pulled him over on the south side around 2 a.m. Saturday, according to a statement issued by the department. Neal was arrested on a warrant for sexual assault, a second-degree felony.
"This conduct is unthinkable and I'm absolutely outraged," San Antonio police chief, William McManus said in a statement issued by the department. "Once we became aware of the allegation, we took prompt action."
Neal is an 11-year veteran with SAPD and works the overnight shift on South Patrol. He was hired in October 2001, according to The Texas Tribune.
Officer Neal has been placed on administrative leave, according to department protocol. He was released from custody Saturday at 7:25 a.m., according to the Bexar County Magistrate's website.
Neal was suspended back in September, according to an agenda for the San Antonio Police and Firefighter Civil Service Commission. KENS 5 requested information regarding the suspension in mid-September; however, the department has yet to release any details on the incident.
"A high standard of conduct is a priority of the S.A.P.D. I praise the victim for having the courage to come forward and having the confidence in the S.A.P.D. to handle the case effectively," McManus added.
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