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In 1999, Dennis Krause was working as a Glynn County, Georgia police officer. After responding to a 911 call about domestic violence, he "arrested" the woman who called and forced her to have sex with him at a motel:
The 40-year-old woman testified that after placing her in his patrol car, Krauss drove to a motel along Interstate 95 where he gave her the choice of either going to jail or having sex with him. After they had sex, Krauss drove her back to her home, she testified.
Krauss was arrested after one of the woman's friends contacted Glynn County police, who then requested that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents investigate the case, according to testimony from other witnesses during the trial.
He was also accused of trying to use his weapon in the assault. The details of the case are disturbing and can be found here.
Krauss was convicted of sexual assault against a person in custody, and this one instance of sexual assault is far from the only allegation against him. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “[h]is record was filled with allegations of misconduct: that he beat a prisoner so severely the man’s brain bled; that he threatened to fabricate charges against a suspect so he could sleep with the man’s wife; that he pressured at least 10 women for sex to avoid arrest.” The former cop, for his part, is unrepentant. When asked about his sexual assault conviction, he claims that “[t]here wasn’t any crime,” and that “I was dealt a bad hand.”
As a convicted felon, he was forbidden from owning a firearm. He's been fighting to get his gun rights back and a Georgia appeals court did just that:
And yet, in July of 2013, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles restored Krauss’ right to carry a firearm. According to a Journal-Constitution tally, he is one of 358 violent felons who regained these rights over a six year period. That includes 32 violent felons who killed someone, and 44 who committed sex crimes. One man regained his right to own a gun in 2012 after serving a 10 year sentence for child molestation and aggravated child molestation. Some offenders regained their gun rights after being convicted of crimes such as armed robbery, burglary or aggravated assault.
Georgia residents must be feeling safer already. You can find further discussion in Rachel191's post here.
Originally posted to Scout Finch on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 11:49 AM PDT.