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Atlanta Police Officer Found Not Guilty of Rape

October 21, 2011

A Fulton County jury has found Atlanta Police Officer Wayne Longe not guilty of allegedly raping a woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted while under arrest for drinking in public.

The woman claimed that in 2004, she was arrested by Longe and then taken to Anderson Park in Northwest Atlanta where he raped her in his patrol car.  Longe claimed that she was never under arrest and that the two had sex but it was consensual.  Longe was represented by Jackie Patterson, an Atlanta criminal defense attorney.

During the trial, evidence surfaced that the woman had agreed to an $1,100 civil settlement in 2008.  Longe’s attorney argued that there was no way that a rape victim would accept a payment of $1,100 from her alleged assailant.

The case was initially indicted in 2008 but as a result of a demurrer, the indictment was dismissed.  The case was then re-indicted and finally went to trial this week in Fulton County Superior Court.

Longe was suspended with pay by the Atlanta Police Department in 2004 following the allegation. He was no longer paid by the department after the 2008 indictment.  Longe’s attorney will file suit against the police department for the three years of back pay.

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