Target: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
Goal: Reopen the case against a police officer accused of brutally raping a young woman on his car.
Florida officer Stephen Maiorino was found not guilty of the alleged brutal rape of a 20-year old woman who asked him for a safe ride home. Allegedly, he drove her to the police station but then threatened to arrest her if she did not perform oral sex on him. The situation escalated from there, as he drove her to an abandoned field, allegedly forced her to strip, and raped her at gunpoint on the hood of his car. The victim claimed he told her that if she told anyone, he would kill her.
A condom was found in the field by authorities the next day. That, and the suspicious location of an empty field, should have been enough evidence to indict Maiorino. He never took the stand during the trial, and prosecutors claimed she had “asked for it.” They claimed it was consensual and that she thought it would be “cool”, even though he was on-duty. They also showed a picture of her from high school where she is posing on a car to justify it.
This is a shocking case, and Maiorino got off. He has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. But there was no conviction, and the case against him should go to a higher court for re-trial. The prosecutors played the trick of discrediting the victim and building up Maiorino with his past, unrelated accomplishments on the job. Although acclaimed, Maiorino also has prior suspensions on his record.
Dear Attorney General Bondi,
We are urging you to look into the case against Florida police officer Stephen Maiorino. He was found not guilty of brutal sexual assault charges against a 20-year old Florida resident, but the evidence points towards him being guilty. The prosecutors swayed the jury by introducing irrelevant information that discredited the victim and built up the reputation of Maiorino as an officer.
Maiorino should not have been engaging in any sexual acts on the job, regardless of it being consensual or not. Just because Maiorino was named Officer of the Year once, does not make him above punishment. Sexual misconduct is the second highest complaint nationwide against officers, and officers have gotten away with it because of their profession.
The fact that Maiorino drove the victim out to an abandoned field is highly suspicious, especially when he had already allegedly threatened her to obtain oral sex at the station. We demand you to reinvestigate the case, because no proper justice was given. Maiorino being a respected officer does not render him incapable of misconduct, and the charges leveled against him are particularly grievous. Please consider sending the case to a higher court for re-evaluation.
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