20 Years For Former FWPD Officer Guilty Of Rape

daniel lopez 20 Years For Former FWPD Officer Guilty Of Rape

(credit: Tarrant Co. Sheriff's Office)

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A former Fort Worth police officer pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual assault, Wednesday.

Daniel Lopez was sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping five women while on-duty as a Fort Worth officer.

The 34-year-old former law enforcement official was arrested in December of 2010 after a woman accused him of forcing her to perform a sexual act while she was detained.

Detectives uncovered four more offenses during a subsequent police investigation.

After Lopez pled guilty, prosecuting attorney Betty Arvin read impact statements from two of the victims, who were not identified.

One victim, who was assaulted on September 15, 2010, said she couldn’t look at police officers the same way anymore.

“It destroyed me and I don’t look at myself the same,” she said in the statement.

Another victim wrote, “Using your authority to your sick advantage is not right.”

During the sentencing Arvin made clear the opinion of the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office.

“It’s a terrible crime anytime a person is raped, but when that perpetrator is a police officer that just takes it to another level,” she said. “This is a person who is sworn to uphold the law, and not only did he violate the trust of the victims he also violated the trust of the community, and he violated the trust of the other police officers with whom he worked, day in and day out.”

Lopez served with the Fort Worth Police Department from 2004 until 2010.

Lopez will have to serve 10 years before he is eligible for parole and will have to register as a sex offender once released. CBS 11 News contacted Lopez’ attorney, Jim Lane, but he declined to comment.

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  • diligent

    It figures another one, that’s just where I am going to leave it!!

    • cindy white

      take it from one who knows

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  • cindy white

    he might get an idea of it

  • DDR

    Oh, the inmates are going to LOVE him! A former police officer AND a rapist. His dance card’s going to be full, that is, if he makes it all the way though his sentence.

    • noname

      Here’s your sign.

      Jails don’t house former law enforcement in general population. They get put into protective custody.

      • 5104

        Wrong. You dont get adseg for just being former 5-0 or a sex offender, there has to be a legit threat to your life, he goes to Hughes, they will really treat him nice.

  • Cry for Justice

    Only 10 years before he’s out raping people again?

    This is why we need a real justice system… If anyone ever did this to one of my family members, death would be his sentence. We need justice in this day and age, not putting them up in a hotel to watch tv and get free meals… The irony is they have to register as a sex offender once released, because they know these people usually repeat the offence, often times learning to kill their victim so they don’t get caught again…

    Why don’t people get justice anymore? You need to do it yourself if you want it done…

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